Many of us spend years toiling away in obscurity before our hard work and talent begin to receive real recognition. Those years working in the rank-and-file of a design firm or a fashion house (or in your sixth floor walk up studio, surviving on Ramen noodles and hope) can be richly creative. You develop your own vision, you practically burst with fresh ideas, and you eagerly await the day when you will have the power to do things you want to do, your way.
But what happens when you finally do become the one in charge? What happens when your influence begins to grow, when other people start looking to you to lead? Will your creative, innovative ideas still flow? Will you still be hooked up to your Muse? Or will all that newfound power somehow get in the way of your vision?
Being in a position of power certainly changes you – not necessarily in an evil way, but research shows there is a definite shift in how you perceive the world around you when you’re the one in the driver’s seat. You think in a more abstract, big-picture way. You become more optimistic, more comfortable with risk, and more open to new possibilities. [read]