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“Don’t let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead give to yourself that which empowers you.” -Les Brown. Lesson 11: Developing Power.

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lesson 11 developing power

“Don’t let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead give to yourself that which empowers you.”

-Les Brown

Lesson 11: Developing Power

“I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.”

—Oprah Winfrey

1 what is power
1. What is Power?
  • Capacity to produce effects on others.
    • Try to change attitudes and/or behaviors of others
  • Power is exercised by followers and informal leaders as well as formal leaders.
  • Limited success without power; fact of life in modern organizations
  • The term “power” evokes mixed and often passionate reactions.
  • What is “AUTHORITY”?
    • Rational-legal
    • Traditional
    • Charismatic

“Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: "With great power comes great responsibility." This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spiderman.”

Peter Parker

2 what are the five sources of power
2. What are the five sources of power?
  • Two categories:
    • Socialized power: Power is directed to helping others (reward, coercive, legitimate power).
    • Personalized power: helping ourselves (expert and referent power)
  • Reward power: Ability to give.
    • Can come from all leaders
  • Coercive power: Fear and punishment.
    • generally a NEGATIVE motivator
    • dismissals, reprimands, etc.
2 what are the five sources of power1
2. What are the five sources of power?
  • Legitimate power: Derived from formal authority
    • Appointed power.
  • Expert power: Specialized skills, knowledge, or expertise.
  • Referent power: Based on respect or admiration.
    • Considered a “personalized” power.
    • may be based on charisma or other personal traits (sports stars, heroes).
3 what source of power is best
3. What source of power is best?
  • Use a combination of sources of power!
    • Good leaders learn to adapt and adjust their power sources.
  • Expert & referent power: very high positive impact.
    • Reward & legitimate: slightly positive.
    • Coercive Power: has a negative effect.
4 how do you develop power
4. How do you develop power?
  • Developing power is a complex process. (Social Capital)
    • Planning, experience, and execution must be done to develop this power.
  • Power positioning is the conscientious use of techniques.
  • Power politics are intentional acts of influence.
    • Must understand and apply if necessary.
  • Power Symbols come from:
    • Physical traits, personality characteristics, and external physical factors.
5 what is empowerment
5. What is empowerment?
  • Empowerment: The Process of sharing power with employees.
  • DELEGATING is the key!
    • Granting decision-making authority.
  • Organizational members who share power tend to increase ownership, productivity, & commitment.
power positioning techniques
Power Positioning Techniques
  • Create a following by establishing a reputation for being credible, reliable, and ethical.
  • Show that you are willing to set goals, take action and make decisions.
  • Look for ways to become visible by volunteering for special projects that expose your strengths & capabilities.
  • Acquire positions of authority and knowledge.
  • Develop your communication skills and ability to negotiate.
power positioning techniques continued
Power Positioning Techniques Continued
  • Develop commitment by displaying the inner drive that shows you are dedicated to excellence.
  • Network by learning to call on individuals inside and outside your organization who can help you reach your goals.
  • Learn how to be a team player by helping others reach their goals and objectives.
  • Understand your organization by being knowledgeable in the philosophy, politics, communication channels, & structures of the organization.
  • Develop confidence in how others see you by sharpening your public speaking skills and dressing professionally through appropriate attire