What’s the difference between status and power? A person has power when he or she has more control over valued resources. Status, on the other hand, is the extent to which someone is held in high esteem and is respected (Magee & Galinsky, 2008).
With a year of graduate training under our belts, my partner and I managed to land a consulting job for one of the largest hospitals in the state. During what we thought would be an introductory tour of the facilities, our primary contact led us into a room filled with medical professionals and asked us to explain the upcoming change efforts we were planning on spearheading for the entire hospital. Having just met our contact, we had no idea what “change efforts” we were going to be spearheading.