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Week 5: Power and Leadership (Sep 25 - Oct 02) Week 5 Introduction Where Have We Been? Last week, we covered the seemingly incongruous topics of conflict and communication. We learned that  without positive or functional conflict, it would be impossible for good ideas to triumph over ideas and  strategies of lesser merit. Or, as was the case with Alan Mulally at Ford, had he not been willing to preside  over conflict, the significant changes he brought about would not have happened. Conflict has a place in  any successful organization. We also focused on communication as the cornerstone of organizational  success, and we highlighted the increasing depersonalization of communication, as we adopt more and  more electronic methods of communication and embrace more virtual workplaces. As future managers  and leaders, overcoming the potentially isolating effects of virtual communication will be a key to success. Looking back over the course to date, we have navigated our organizational continuum starting with  individual differences and individual motivation theories, moved through a review of teams and teamwork,  and addressed the processes of communication and conflict. Each week is an incremental build on the  week before, covering the classic components of organizational behavior theory with a focus on current  adaptations and issues. Where Are We Headed?   This week, we move along our organizational continuum to the study of power and leadership. Our first  chapter takes us through a discussion of the types and sources of power, authority, and the nature of  obedience. From there, we move into empowerment and it’s increasing, yet changing nature in modern  organizations, a continuation of one of our core themes of valuing our employees. Organizational politics  is reviewed, and, similar to when we covered conflict last week, we move beyond the usual interpretation  of ‘politics’ as being bad and into a deeper review of the subject. Our first discussion question focuses on  executive power and comes from the Leaders on Leadership highlight on Edward J. Zore of Northwestern  Mutual. Following our discussion of power, we are going to focus on the nature of leadership in organizations. Our  reading takes us through a review of the differences between leadership and management. As we will  investigate the various sources of power, we will delve into different approaches to leadership including,  trait, behavior, and situational. We will review in detail several situational leadership theories that tend to  highlight how leadership is a reciprocal process between leaders and followers. Any discussion of 
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course PM586ON B taught by Professor W during the Fall '10 term at Keller Graduate School of Management.

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