A theory of power

Power is the most desired asset of the world. It comes in many shapes and there are many methods to generate it. This document introduces a simple classifaction of common actions around power. Thereby a framework is created that helps analyzing and plotting strategies that maximize power.

1 Three manifestations of power

Power can be classified into three different types. Each has its own characteristics.

2 Three ways to increase power

Power can never be generated out of nothing. There are three different ways of leveraging any existing trait of power.

3 Three prerequisites for transforming power

Each type of power is incomplete by itself. Therefore you will want to transform them into each other. This is either because you find it easier to generate one kind of power, or because changing circumstances must be answered with a changed mix of power.

4 Six ways of converting power

Once the requirements are met you can start transforming each blend of power. There are two directions of transformation, one will be called the compliant route the other is the dark route.

The compliant route, displayed here as the outer circular connections, consists of three transformations:

The dark route is displayed as the inner triangular connections. It consists of the opposite transformations:

5 Three styles of governance

There three main styles of governance, depending on which methods of power maximization is primarily used.

6 Three aspects of economy

In a functioning economy all three styles of power must be present. There are three aspects that are required for the natural exchange of coresponding power types.

7 Three natural conflicts

Three natural conflict arise from their opposing positions in the power triangular. Managing or overcoming those conflicts poses a large potential for the effective generation of power.

8 Three traits of personality

Concerning the preference for power there are three major personality traits.

9 Summary

Power was classified into three different types with three main categories for interchange. No form of power of them is complete. Each of them is equally valuable. Each is of ephemeral nature. Never crave for one type of power. Never despise another. Ultimately, your freedom to act is not determined by the amount of power you have, but by your ability to convert your power into its most adequate mix.

Stefan Dirnstorfer