Leadership Powers and Influences

Power Definition: The ability of a leader to influence its subordinates.

Influence Definition: The effect of leaders actions on what the subordinates will do, how they act and behaviour.

Both of these can help a leader lead his staff. Employees look up to leaders in a number of ways, seven of these are below:

  • Position Power – The status of the person.
  • Legitimate Power – Authority of position held.
  • Reward Power – Power of rewards leaders can give subordinates.
  • Coercive Power – Power to punish a subordinate.
  • Personal Power – Characteristics or knowledge of the organisation.
  • Expert Power – Power from knowledge and skills for the tasks.
  • Referent Power – Leaders personal characteristics.

To influence a leader must have interpersonal skills;

Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills Definition: Behaviours thoughts and emotions that are directed towards effective interaction with other people. It is vital to effective leadership that you understand your own and others practice of leadership. Involving;

  • Awareness of self
  • Awareness of others
  • Ability to work with emotions
  • Tolerance of ambiguity
  • Managing stress
  • Orientation toward goal-achievement
  • Persuasion
  • Understanding and using power
  • Working with teams
  • Impression management
  • Assertiveness
  • Development and facilitation of others

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