In my school, there is a formal type of legitimate power exercised because there is a chain of command that we follow. For example, on top of the school organizational chart, there is the school board of directors, followed by the School administrator and the list continues to the last staff members who are janitors and security guards.
Coercive power refers to the type of power exercised by using force or issuing of threats (Chapter 6 Power Point, 2015). It is illegitimate because there is use of force. Political power refers to the type of power used to control or influence a group of people. Unlike coercive power where there is use of force, political power has leaders who use their resources or knowledge to change the behavior of people.
I plan to use supportive leadership, emotional detachment and authenticity to enhance authority as a future leader. Exercising supportive leadership is useful because it focuses on helping the followers or employees under my authority (Chapter 6 Power Point, 2015). As a leader practicing authenticity, I will provide the employees with an excellent example of what it means to accept individual responsibilities for my actions. Lastly, I will ensure that I am emotionally detached when it comes to dealing with organizational affairs.
Expert power is the most stable since the leaders get the knowledge regarding organizational affairs based on the experts’ knowledge. It is useful because the leaders do not dwell on rumors and their own assumptions to make decisions regarding organizational affairs.
Referent power is the strongest because leaders do not exert their power by making followers fearful of them (Chapter 6 Power Point, 2015). Instead, they get followers to respect and admire them. For example, leaders exerting coercive power get feared but not necessarily respected. Leaders practicing legitimate power may have the power, but it does not mean that they are admired or respected by followers.
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