Power and Politics

Power and Politics - POWER AND POLITICS Power refers to a...

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POWER AND POLITICS Power refers to a capacity that A has to influence the behavior of B so that B acts in accordance with A’s wishes. This definition implies a potential that need not be actualized to be effective and a dependency relationship. A person can have power over you only if he or she controls something you desire. Leaders use power as a means to attaining a group goal. Leaders achieve goals and power is a means of facilitating their achievement. Unlike leadership, power does not require goal compatibility, merely dependence. Formal Power Formal power is based on an individual’s position in an organization. Formal power can come from the ability to coerce or reward, or it can come from formal authority. o Coercive Power dependent on fear o Reward Power people comply if there are positive benefits or rewards offered o Legitimate Power structural position, formal authority to control and use organizational resources and therefore include coercive and reward power
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