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What percentage of time does the average manager spend on dealing with organizational “politics”?
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A Definition of Power Power: A capacity that  A  has to influence the  behavior of  B , so that  B  acts in accordance with  A wishes. NOTE:   “ Power is the medium through which conflicts of interest are ultimately resolved .”     - Gareth Morgan Power implies a potential that need not be actualized to be effective, and it does not exist without “ Dependency ” -- which is B ’s relationship to  A  when  A  possesses something that  B  requires.
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Contrasting Leadership and Power Leadership Focuses on goal  achievement. Requires goal  compatibility with  followers. Focuses influence  downward. Research Focus Styles and  relationships with  followers. Power Used as a means for  achieving goals. Requires follower  dependency. Used to gain lateral  and upward  influence. Research Focus Tactics for gaining  compliance.
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Bases of Power: Formal Power Formal Power  is established by an  individual’s position in the organization.  + There are three types:       -  Coercive         -  Reward         -  Legitimate
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Bases of Power: Formal Power (cont’d) - Coercive Power: A power base  dependent on fear of a negative result or  experience. - Reward Power: Compliance  achieved based on the ability to distribute  rewards that others view as valuable. - Legitimate Power (or Position Power ): Most used power base, as its  source is the result of a person’s position  in the formal organizational hierarchy with  the ability to control and/or use  organizational resources.
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2010 for the course MGMT 001 taught by Professor Mcnary during the Spring '10 term at N.C. State.

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