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Power and Politics Bases of Power Coercive Power Reward Power Legitimate Power Expert Power Referent Power Information Power Evaluating the Bases of Power Dependency: The Key to Power The General Dependency Postulate What Creates Dependency? People will respond in one of three ways: 1. Commitment – The person is enthusiastic about the request and carries the task out. 2. Compliance – The person goes along with the request grudgingly, putting in minimal effort. 3. Resistance – The person is opposed to the request and tries to avoid it. Leaders’ Use of Power The least effective power bases are the ones most likely to be used by managers. Coercive, legitimate, and reward Easiest to implement Effective leaders use referent and/or expert power. Deadline pressures increase group member reliance on individuals with expert and information power.
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Unformatted text preview: • Importance – The things you control must be important. • Scarcity – A resource must be perceived as scarce. • Non-substitutability The resource cannot be substituted • Bullying can happen across levels of the organization, or among co-workers. • Recent research found that: – 40 percent of the respondents noted that they had experienced one or more forms of bullying weekly in the past six months. – 10 percent experienced bullying at a much greater level: five or more incidents a week. • Political behaviour is those activities that influence, or attempt to influence, the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within the organization. • Nobody wins unless everybody wins. • Don’t just ask for opinions—change them. • Everyone expects to be paid back. • Success can create opposition....
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