Does a promotion simply bring out certain innate qualities in people, or does it change them? It’s likely a combination of both. But no matter what your position on this question, I’m guessing that you’ve seen how individual behavior can change with a promotion, especially one accompanied by more power. When those changes are for the better, we all benefit. But when they are for the worse, a lot of people may pay a price.
The 1956 production of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” is a great sci-fi movie of the era. Kevin McCarthy and the lovely Dana Wynter co-star in this suspenseful tale of Earth being invaded by alien spores that grow into pods, which eventually morph into zombie-like replacements of people in a small California town.
I’ve invoked the “body snatchers” metaphor often when witnessing individuals who, once promoted to positions of greater power, turn into something scarier than ever before.
Some get caught up with their new-found institutional power and exercise it to excess. A few use it abusively.
Others, now seeing an opportunity to climb up the greasy pole, appear to lose whatever sense of independence they possessed prior to their promotion and use their power to turn the brownnosing of superiors to an art form.
Power is, uh, powerful stuff. It is most wisely vested only in those who will be good stewards of it.