They all understand that power and responsibility are inextricably linked. Not simply as moral encouragement – as in Uncle Ben’s admonition that, with great power, comes great responsibility. And also,

With Great Responsibility, comes Great Power

Major problems in organizations occur when credit (power) for work is disconnected from the folks who are responsible for doing the work. When bullies take credit, they are taking advantage of systemic inequities and information and social asymmetries that can not (and should not) be sustained.

Future forward organizations consistently teach and communicate what each person’s value is. They empower employees to know their worth and judiciously exercise their power like a boss (or owner), leaning into their value and values.

We all have more power than we think.

Part of the process of becoming a leader is learning to access our power for ourselves and others.