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Educational Administration EDU 547 Chapter VI Power and Politics in School . Presented by: Kathleen Merchant Instructor: Dr. Lauren Larsen . Power. Sources of Authority: Legitimate Power . Authority is distinguished from other kinds of influences or
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Presented by: Kathleen Merchant
Instructor: Dr. Lauren Larsen
power in that the subordinates “holds abeyance his own critical
faculties for choosing between alternatives and uses the formal
criterion of the receipt of a command or signal as his basis of
in the relationships of superior-subordinate
provides legitimate control for the following individuals;
administrators, teachers, and students
organization they accept the formal authority relation
power is legitimate
Individuals/groups can utilize power in many different
at “power oriented” behavior that is- “behavior directed mainly
at developing or using relationships in which other people are to
some degree willing to defer to one’s wishes” (Kotter, 1978, p.
share power and assist others with the utilization of
constructive ways to make decisions
Note*evidence is starting to emerge to demonstrate that teacher
empowerment as it relates to curricular matter is connected to
has already been made
organizational behavior is irrational and power frequently undermines
**Refer to the questions in the text on page 235, which were raised by
ostensibly, parichial,typically diverse, and above all, in the technical sense,
illegitimate-sanctioned neither by authority,accepted ideology, nor certified
expertise”(Mintzberg, 1983a, p. 172)
are composed of coalitions of persons-groups who negotiate amongst
themselves to make a determination on how to distribute power
willingly and skillfully exploiting those bargaining advantages
utilize it in a rational or justified manner, however; power and
politics are not always demeaning and destructive
conflict-it is important to effectively manage conflict when it
produce positive organizational change
conflict management styles, he also identified two basic
dimensions of behavior that may produce conflict:
We need to see and understand organizational life as it is so that
we have some chance to move toward what we believe it should
be; hence, power and politics cannot be neglected.