JE 6 - Raytea Long Journal#6 Section 1 In class we...

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Rayte’a Long Journal #6 Section 1 In class we discussed leadership styles and the four levels that they encompass. Being a leader who chooses to tell, sell, consult, or delegate is important in a work environment. Picking the right leadership choice could make or break a project. I have dealt with “leaders” who always felt it was necessary to tell people what to do, rather than selling an idea, consulting the group, or making a project a joined effort. In the end, all the telling done by the leader backfired. Goals would not be met and many plans would be “sabotaged”. In the future, I will be a leader who will utilize all styles. I will analyze situations adequately and work to pick the best form of communication with group members. We discussed five different forms of power; legitimate, coercive, expert, referent, and rewarding. Each of these roles differ and have different levels of effectiveness. In these past few years, I have primarily dealt with coercive power. This way of power was described as the “power to punish”, and as the power to influence behaviors by doing things you don’t like. I think this method of power sucks and least effective, as it was ranked in class. The effect that this has on the people it is used against is negative in my eyes. In the future, I vow not to be a leader who utilize this power tactic. Lastly, in class we were given two definitions of power in class. One of which states power to be the “ability to influence the behavior of another person.” This basic explanation of power rings true for me. I don’t think a person in power should be out on a streak to prove to people their dominance while trying to achieve a goal. I think that power should come with the
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