Unpopular opinion: power is not neutral. If left unchecked, it often tilts toward corruption.
We grant power to those who will use it to enhance the well-being of others. We also strip people of power when they abuse it. The old Machiavellian understanding of power (fear and coercion) only gets you ostracised.
Newsflash: Society no longer rewards such behaviour.
With great power comes great responsibility. Although trite, this is nonetheless true.
One of the reasons there is so much resentment aimed at the powerful is because they often do too little to reduce the suffering of the many. They have failed to assume the responsibilities that come with wealth and power.
It is in the interest of those with power to empower those without it. The pitchforks usually come out when the powerful ignore this.What do you intend to do with power?