Power and Social Influence. By: Paul renouf and geoff toal. What is power and social influence?. Power – capacity or ability to change the beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors of others. Social Influence – attempts to affect or change other people. Conformity.
Power and Social Influence
By: Paul renouf and geofftoal
Power – capacity or ability to change the beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors of others.
Social Influence – attempts to affect or change other people
Asch’s (1995) conformity studies show that even when group pressure is just IMPLIED, people make worse judgments.
If the majority are saying it, they must be right!
Impact on teams with ongoing relationships is even stronger.
How could power change the power holder?
People with power want more power.
Easier to give commands rather than make requests
They begin to have an inflated view of themselves.
Empowerment in a workplace refers to the process of giving employees more power and control over their work.
Empowerment leads to increased motivation and satisfaction.
Increases confidence in abilities.