Pan Macmillan has acquired a new book on the nature of human struggles with power.
Carole Tonkinson acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Acting with Power by Deborah Gruenfeld from Fletcher and Company for her new, yet-to-be-named imprint.
In Acting with Power Gruenfeld, a social psychologist and Stanford business school professor, draws on personal experience, social science and real world observations to “explore the nature of human struggles with power and how to overcome them”.
The book will address “common misconceptions about power, where it comes from, and who gets to have it, while exposing hidden truths about social hierarchy and its pervasive role in everyday life”.
Tonkinson said: “Deborah Gruenfeld challenges a belief that many of us secretly harbour that we can’t be both powerful and good. Gruenfeld shows us that if we don’t step up to lead, we perforce abdicate leadership to those who may be self-interested rather than focused on what’s right for the group. Gruenfeld demonstrates the need for us to be able to step in and out of leadership flexibly as the situation demands. More precisely, she shows readers practical techniques that, if applied rigorously, will help them have impact, get heard and address gender imbalance in the boardroom. It’s a thrill to be working with such a smart, switched on author addressing a subject of such moment and importance.”
Pan Macmillan will publish Acting with Power in hardback in spring 2017. Crown Business won a “heated” US auction.