I absolutely agree. The way a person behaves when he is “in power” reveals what is essentially true about a person. This is true when it comes to parenting, teaching, hiring, you name it.
However, a couple of Swanson’s unwritten rules are a little perplexing. First of all, rules 1 and 22 seem contradictory:
1. Learn to say “I don’t know.” If used when appropriate, it will be used often.
22: Cultivate the habit of making quick, clean-cut decisions.
Secondly, rule 4 seems a little bit Zen:
4: Look for what is missing. Many know how to improve what's there; few can see what isn't there.
Last, rule 28 is feel-good pabulum that makes no sense.
28: You remember 1/3 of what you read, 1/2 of what people tell you, but 100% of what you feel.
I can't figure out how the heck that gem of wisdom is supposed to help me.