Do You See the World As a Ladder or a Web?

If you live or work in a hierarchy, then the position of greatest power is at the top — the first rung on the ladder. On the other hand, if you live or work in a network or other horizontal community, the position of power is in the middle, the hub of the wheel or the center of a web. The two visions do not fit well together: being at the top of a ladder translates to being on the periphery of the web; being at the center of the web becomes the middle of the ladder.

via Anne-Marie Slaughter: Do You See the World As a Ladder or a Web?.

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