Power versus authority

Power versus authority - rewards such as pay increases or...

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Power versus authority Effective leaders develop and use power, or the ability to influence others. The traditional manager's  power comes from his or her position within the organization. Legitimate, reward, and coercive are all  forms of power used by managers to change employee behavior and are defined as follows: Legitimate power  stems from a formal management position in an organization and  the authority granted to it. Subordinates accept this as a legitimate source of power and  comply with it.  Reward power  stems from the authority to reward others. Managers can give formal 
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Unformatted text preview: rewards, such as pay increases or promotions, and may also use praise, attention, and recognition to influence behavior. • Coercive power is the opposite of reward power and stems from the authority to punish or to recommend punishment. Managers have coercive power when they have the right to fire or demote employees, criticize them, withhold pay increases, give reprimands, make negative entries in employee files, and so on....
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