Power_and Influence

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Power and Influence 1 Power and Influence MGT 380 Cynthia Johnson Chavonne McCall August 10, 2009
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Power and Influence 2 Abstract Power and influence are at the heart of all organizations. Negative power and influence should not have a place in any organization that it serving for the good of its employees and the public. Power and politics are at the nucleus of all organizations.
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Power and Influence 3 Power and Influence We all have complained about "the politics" in our organizations; we want things to change but often say that we just do not have the power to get anything done. Power and influence are present everywhere we look. There are many sources of power, and politics are not something to avoid, or run from. Power is motive. Power is attractive because it confers the ability to influence decisions, about who gets what resources, what goals are pursued, what philosophy the organization adopts, what actions are taken, who succeeds and who fails. Power also gives a sense of control over outcomes, and may in fact convey such enhanced control. Particularly as decision issues become more complex and outcomes become more uncertain, power becomes more attractive as a tool for reducing uncertainty. Power and the ability to use it are essential to effective leadership. Strategic leaders who are uncomfortable with either the presence of great power in others or its use by themselves are probably going to fail their organizations at some point. The critical issue is why the leader seeks power and how it is used. Some see power as a tool to enhance their ability to facilitate the work of their organizations and groups. Others value power for its own sake, and exercise power for the personal satisfaction it brings. There can be good and bad in both cases. However, the leader who uses power in the service of his/her organization is using power in the most constructive sense. The leader who seeks power for its own sake and for personal satisfaction is at a level of personal maturity that will compromise his/her ethical position, risk his/her organization's effectiveness. Power is interpersonal (or intergroup) relationship in which one individual (or group) can
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