2-Day Experiential Workshop


While there is increased attention on the overall issue of Diversity & Inclusion in organizations, there is a lack of discussion on the role of Privilege, Rank and Power - both on a micro (individual) and macro (organizational) level. It is crucial to dive below the surface of Diversity & Inclusion and build awareness around the dynamics of Privilege, Rank and Power and because:


  • they are fundamental factors that underpin Diversity & Inclusion issues.

  • they deeply affect one’s sense of identity and belonging, and therefore, ability to contribute 

  • lack of understanding about Rank, Power and Privilege deepens conflict and feelings of oppression. 


Whether Rank has been earned or inherited, it drives much of a person’s communication behaviour. While Rank is less conspicuous than racism or sexism, it is something everyone has experienced in some form. A ‘High Rank’ experience is indicated by feeling free to be yourself, being listened to and respected while a ‘Low Rank’ experience is indicated by feeling marginalized, resentful or hopeless.Members with dominant Rank, i.e. those privileged by position, role or affiliation enjoy unfair advantage over those who don’t enjoy equal Rank. Thus, what privileged members deem normal could be experienced as discrimination, marginalization or oppression by those who don’t have the same Rank or Privilege. On the other hand, discriminated or exploited members may be unaware of their own Rank and Privilege due to faulty belief systems. Thus they internalize their oppressed condition leaving them feeling disempowered and ill-equipped to change the status quo.


Power Intelligence is a humanistic approach that recognises that everyone has experienced being a target or agent of oppression at some point in their lives. This helps facilitate a dialogue of understanding that can diffuse conflict and ‘us v/s them’ situations. In this Workshop, you will learn and explore the following:


  • Understand the dynamics of Privilege, Rank and Power and how they influence your thinking

  • Build a healthy ‘internal relationship’ with power and manage it well

  • Use Power Intelligence for self-empowerment and to effect positive changein personal and professional life.

  • Deal effectively with conflict and change patterns of communication to enhance your leadership and build a healthy culture.


Workshop Structure & Support: 

  • Experiential and discussion-based.

  • 2 days (16 hours) of classroom sessions, with practice and feedback. 

  • 2 support Webinars after the classroom sessions.


The Workshop is useful for Coaches and mid-to-senior leaders in organizations.

ICF CCEUs applied for. 

Power Intelligence: Privilege, Rank and Power in Organizations