Power is ‘the capacity to influence the behaviour of others, their emotions, or the course of events.’ Mayer suggests that ‘[f]or the purpose of understanding the dynamics of conflict, power may be defined as the ability to get one’s needs met and to further one’s goals.’ This type of power can be understood only in context. In mediation, the concern is with the parties’ ability to meet their needs and further their interests during the process and in any agreements reached as a result of the mediation.