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...