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If you are a leader or aspire to leadership over others you must read Leaders, Power & Consequences. It clearly exposes the influences a leader has with people who are close and important to the leader.
The leader is the person who holds the true power, that is, the buck stops with them. It is not underlings who act on behalf of another who dictates their actions. They are not the true power, and no one is long deceived.
Where do problems in relationships, trivial or significant, not exist? The answer to resolving the problem is likely found where the power is located. Who are the true leaders, what are their expectations and how well do they communicate with those they lead? And, how well and candidly do those significant to the leader communicate directly back to the leader? This is where trust, safety and respect play a huge role in how the relationship plays out and either grows, mutually, or is destructive, mutually.
Most leaders tend to communicate badly, have unspoken or inflexible expectations towards those they lead and blame others for what is the leaders failings. Leaders, Power & Consequences confronts this problem of leadership directly and clearly by using Sy Ogulnicks personally experienced stories. He clearly describes the path leaders must take if they are to personally grow, to understand themselves better, and in the process to contribute to the growth of those they lead.
When authentic communication takes place between those in power and those immediately at the effect of this power, trust, safety and respect are felt by each. This must be found in the environment or Genuine Dialogue between them is impossible and will not, even at the point of a gun, take place. And it is the leaders who are primarily responsible for the creation of the environment. Words do not make it so, but action (behavior of the leaders) does.
The path laid out in Leaders, Power & Consequences leads to facilitating problem-solving, creativity, innovation and a sense of mutual ownership amongst people to the degree that most leaders can only dream of.