Power & Influence. The principal means of directing or controlling organizational goals and activities. Power & Influence.
The principal means of directing or controlling organizational goals and activities
There are lingering debates about the definition of power and influence, and, in the absence of a dominant theory, it is arguable that any difference exists. Some scholars define power in terms of its potential and influence in terms of enactment though a majority of scholars suggests that the separation of the two dimensions is of little use.(Kanter, 1977; McCall, 1979; Mintzberg, 1983)
Power is the ability of one person or group to cause another person or group to do something they otherwise might not have done. The use of power is the principal means of directing or controlling organizational goals and activities.(R.A. Dahl, 1957; R.M. Emerson, 1962)
Potential -You don’t have to use power in order to be powerful; you just need to have access to it or have the potential to use it
DependencyPostulate -The greater A’s dependency on B, the more power B has over A
How Power is Enacted
Strategies for acquiring power at work