By | Eric M. Anicich | Michael Schaerer | Jake Gale | Trevor A. Foulk | hbr.org
Most of us have answered the following question countless times: “What do you do for work?” If you’re like most people, you would probably respond with something like “project manager,” “IT support specialist,” or “vice president of sales.”
But job titles are not verbs. Although they may communicate something about your formal standing in the organizational hierarchy, they don’t necessarily reflect how powerful you feel, day-to-day and moment-to-moment, at work.
For example, consider the following quotes from two different people in our personal and professional networks — Nina and Morgan — about their sense of power on the job.