of Leadership Power
aspect that is often overlooked in the development of business leaders
is the effective use of power. Self-aware
leaders are attuned to how they exercise power and the effect that it
has on their direct reports.
working with leaders, I often ask them to discuss the difference between
authority, power, and leadership. Leaders
should then assess their own power preferences and strategies by
analyzing the seven types of power listed below:
Power – Power based on the threat of punishment.
Power – Power comes from having a high level of expertise,
experience, and/or credentials
Power –Power that comes with the promise of rewards: pay,
recognition, promotion, perks, celebration, time, etc.
Power—This is power that comes from a leader’s position in
Power—This is power that comes from positive personal
connections. A request or
directive is honored because of positive feelings toward the leader.
Power—This power comes from the belief that a leader is being
reasonable and is asking his/her reports to do what is right and
a leader, do you have power preferences?
different circumstances require or demand certain types of power
can one type of power be overused?
are some examples of power mismatches; where the power choice was
the wrong use of power for the situation or the person?
are some common misuses of power in business organizations?