Leveraging your power at work

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Power at work is like power in a battery -- more voltage means more impact.

Today, almost half of working professionals say that they're dissatisfied with their jobs, according to a recent survey by consulting firm Accenture . However, only 30% of the respondents said that they have plans to switch employers. The remaining 70% said they want to pursue better opportunities in-house. If you're one of the latter, I've got good news for you.

According to my research on power and influence among leaders worldwide, you have numerous sources of power available to you at work, some stemming from your position in the company and others from your personal attributes and abilities. Here's a look at five power sources and ways to plug in and increase your professional voltage, no matter where you are on the org chart.

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