The Effective Relationship Between Power, Politics And Leadership

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Power is not well understood and because of its vagueness, it is difficult to quantify. This implies that definition of power will vary from one authority to the other (s). A close relationship however exists between Power, Politics and Leadership. Power is the ability to influence the behaviour of others to make them comply to with instruction. Is the ability to get an individual or group to do something. The person who possesses the power has the ability to manipulate or change others. People tend to follow those who are powerful. And because others follow, the person with power leads. Organisation leaders have power for different reasons. Some may have power because they 're experts in their fields, or because their team members admire …show more content…
P. French and Bertram Raven in 1959, classified sources of power into five main categories but Andrew J. Dubrin recognized eleven sources and types of power. However Organizational power is derived from many sources, including personal power (expert, reference, and prestige), position power (legitimate, coercive, and information), reward power (positive or negative) and Power can also be sources and stem from ownership, dependencies ( dependence perspective), capitalizing on opportunity (A case study of the founder of Patagonia Yvon Chouinard), Managing Critical problems (strategic contingency theory) and also being close to power can also serves as another source of …show more content…
It is an informal, unofficial, and sometimes behind-the-scenes effort to Politics are played to achieve power, either directly or indirectly. For example, a person seeking to enhance his or her legitimate power might use a variety of tactics to be favorably perceived by top-level decision makers in the company. sell ideas, influence an organization, increase power, or achieve other targeted objectives. People want power for many different reasons, which is why political behavior is so widespread in organizations. By definition, politics is used to acquire power. A number of individual and organizational factors contribute to political behaviour; some of these are Encouraging Admiration from Subordinates, Subjective Standards of Performance, Pyramid-Shaped Organization Structure, Environmental Uncertainty and Turbulence, Emotional Insecurity, Machiavellian Tendencies and so

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