I love philosophy. And much of psychology also has appropriately been influenced by all 3 of the philosophers in the title. But I have also had wonderful experiences and lessons through my work with children, young staff, and later with the entrepreneurs and professionals I worked with for 35 years. In other words, experience is the best teacher I have had.
Briefly, Socrates believed in the individual, that true power exists in people being themselves. It is why his dialogues with his students are so meaningful. He pushed each to find and be open with their feelings and thoughts. Aristotle believed in democracy as the best form of governing. Conversely, Plato believed that a democracy would lead to weak leaders, creating opportunities for a strong leader (or dictator) to take over governing.
Of the three, I would lean towards Socrates as the example I am most for and, I believe, how I lived my life. I was there for the people who worked for me but had no thought whatsoever that they should be like me. What I wanted from them all, and later taught leaders, was that individuals should be as much themselves as possible. That it is the job of the leader to help bring this about as an example and mentor. A true leader cannot say and do otherwise.
The study of power and leadership is a must that nations, corporations, professionals, classroom teachers, and parents, most of all, need to bring to their inner circles and kitchen table. This is cut in marble. A leader cannot be less than what they hope for from others. This is easy to write and talk about but very difficult to do and be. It is why I suggest dialogue and study on the subject—and then “BEING.”
Power in our hands—Use it as love and learning—We all benefit.