This article examines the interactions between social and institutional contexts and individual characteristics of political leaders which may favor the emergence of monad and nomad types of power. Globalization processes promote nomad power with decision making shifting to diverse international settings. However the increased role of media infotainment promotes the personalization of politics; building and destroying the popularity of political leaders, who are mostly males with self-enhancement values; who tend to prefer monad ways to exercise power. Only increasing the number of elected women and young people who uphold self-transcendence values will nomad types of power have more opportunities to emerge in our political institutions.
Keywords: Power, leadership, personalization, politics, gender.