7 Rules of Power

Jeffrey Pfeffer

If you want to ‘change lives, change organizations, change the world,’ the Stanford business school’s motto, you need power.

Is power the last dirty secret or the secret to success? Both. While power carries some negative connotations, power is a tool that can be used for good or evil. Don’t blame the tool for how some people used it.

Rooted firmly in social science research, Pfeffer’s 7 rules provide a manual for increasing your ability to get things done, including increasing the positive effects of your job performance.

With 7 Rules of Power, you’ll learn, through both numerous examples as well as research evidence, how to accomplish change in your organization, your life, the lives of others, and the world.


ISBN: 9781800751286

Published: May 4, 2023


ISBN: 9781800751279

Published: June 7, 2022


Reviews for 7 Rules of Power

My recommended read for anyone looking to radically change the trajectory of their life for good’- Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times Bestselling Author of Mojo 

‘Like a rousing slap of truth in the face, Pfeffer’s tough­minded, capstone book on power identifies seven research­ based, reality­ revealing rules for hierarchical success’ – Robert Cialdini, New York Times bestselling author of Influence

‘Pfeffer shows us how often we give away our power and how we can reclaim it’- Deborah Liu, author of Take Back Your Power

7 Rules of Power persuasively makes the case for all employees to better harness power in order to influence their professional trajectories’ – Financial Times


Jeffrey Pfeffer

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979.

Dr. Pfeffer received his BS and MS degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his PhD from Stanford. He began his career at the business school at the University of Illinois and then taught for six years at the University of California, Berkeley. Pfeffer has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University, London Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and for the past 14 years a visitor at IESE in Barcelona.

Dr. Pfeffer has presented seminars in 40 countries throughout the world as well as doing consulting and providing executive education for numerous companies, associations, and universities in the United States. Additionally, Dr. Pfeffer has won the Richard D. Irwin Award presented by the Academy of Management for scholarly contributions to management and numerous awards for his articles and books. He is in the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame and has been listed as one of the ‘Most Influential HR International Thinkers’ by HR Magazine. In November, 2011, he was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.