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1 Running head: DECISION MAKING, POWER AND POLITICS Clara Thokozile Theu Decision Making, Power and Politics HRM5032/Organizational Behaviour and Leadership January 2021 Dr. Ayansola Ayandibu 7 th March 2021 Decision Making, Power and Politics
DECISION MAKING, POWER AND POLITICS 2 Power refers to the capacity that a person has to influence the behaviour of another person so that that person acts according to what the influencer wishes (Robbins & Judge, 2013). Power most importantly brings out the aspect of dependability among people. For example, a manager possesses power because of their position and expertise in the organisation. This makes their subordinates dependent on them hence making the managers more powerful. The more people depend on managers the more managers becomes powerful because they control the things that people want in the organisation. When a manager is powerful, they are able to make decisions in the organisation and control the operations in the organisation because subordinates will do as advised and will be able to also improve their performance based on the advice given by the managers. Therefore, there is a very close link between power and decision making. Most decisions in the organisation are made based on the leaders’ position (legitimate power) and expertise (expert power). A leader is able to make a decision to fire or suspend someone based on their position

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