I think people can get angry about power without status.
This is about being told what you can or can’t do by someone who is either unlikable or has no authority. Think about an out of touch politician or someone you find dimwitted.
But honestly, people don’t much like money without status either.
I mean, think about it.
Nobody much has a problem with Jay Z, or Oprah, or Steven Spielberg, or JK Rowling, or Warren Buffett being billionaires.
But that’s because these people are liked. They have status. All this is simple: When we like someone, we will forgive them for nearly anything.
In an experiment led by University of North Carolina professor Alison Fragale, people were punished for trying to exercise power without status. When people sought to exert influence but lacked respect, others perceived them as difficult, coercive, and self-serving. Since they haven’t earned our admiration, we don’t feel they have the right to tell us what to do, and we push back.
-Adam Grant, Originals