Theorist: While most people think that the best way to attain a position of great power and influence is to articulate a compelling position with clarity and force, in most cultures such an approach is inherently self-limiting, as enough potential supporters are either too tentative or too particular to support a clear, emphatic agenda. Instead, the most reliable method by which to attain positions of great power and influence is to offer vague and reassuring platitudes onto which one’s potential supporters can project their own desires and interpretations.
If the theorist’s statements above are true, which of the following people is most likely to attain a position of great power and influence?
A A middle manager who impresses his superiors with an aggressive, detailed plan by which to expand the company’s market share.
B An aspiring politician who capitalizes on a nation’s discontent with a previous regime by campaigning on a platform of “hope and renewal.”
C A football coach who begins an effort to be appointed general manager by working to oust any potential rivals in the organization.
D A mayor who celebrates reelection to his final term by promising his supporters that he will make the city “green, clean, and any family’s dream.”
E A police lieutenant who moves to be promoted to police chief by exposing the corruption rampant under the administration of the current chief.
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Theorist: While most people think that the best way to attain a position of great power and influence is to articulate
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