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about to have major lung surgery and my manager was still requesting that the work get done. I completed the cases that were still left under my file from my hospital room but left the company shortly after I returned from medical leave. Legitimate Power - power that is recognize by having the authority to make something happen or by title This is from my understanding regular authoritative power. Respecting your manager and what is requested of you because they are the manager, which for me has occurred at all my employment opportunities. Referent Power - the ability to influence someone based on the respect or feelings a person has for the person in power In my last position, I had the privilege to work for what I would call an exemplary example of a manager. He was respected due to his attitude towards his staff and the examples he set by his leadership style. This manager was very knowledgeable in his position, he was a mentor, but he was also fair. He understood the human side of every situation and the importance of the work life balance. All the employees including myself had the upmost respect and admiration for the manager and would try our best to complete the tasks assigned quickly and efficiently because of the relationship he shared with the employees.
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Expert Power -respect from subordinates due to one expert knowledge in a subject important to the group An example of this would be a situation where I had a new employee shadowing me to become an Investigator. I was not the person’s manager but I did have the knowledge in the subject that they were trying to gain knowledge therefore, the employee respected my advice and followed the instructions that were given based on that. Information Power - the value in having something that everyone is interesting in having for themselves We recently had a seminar at work on interviewing skills that was attended on a voluntary basis. The speaker of the seminar had informational power because everyone in the room that was there attended by choice and respected the speaker because there was something to be gained from what she was providing in the seminar. “Since leadership is the art of getting people to do something you believe should be done, it follows that you can only lead them to a destination to which they want to go” (Lewis, 2003, p. 148). Reference Lewis, J. P. (2003). Project leadership. New York: McGraw-Hill. Week 7 Response Richard, You bring up an excellent point regarding Information Power. I think we can all relate to someone in our careers that hold on to information at the job in fear that sharing it will diminish their worth as an employee. I have always blamed management for these issues. There should never be only one person that holds any key information hostage from a staff of employees. As soon as that person is out on vacation or something happens to them, everyone else is at a lost. At the very least that person should have at least one back up in addition to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) available for someone to pick up where they left off. It is unfair to other staff members and it can also put an enormous amount of pressure on the person holding the information. In instances like this, I believe there are always
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