Leadership & Power

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MCOM200 Management Communication GROUP REPORT 2008 b MCOM231- 08(A) Group Report: Leadership, Power & Influence. {draw:frame} Which form of power has the best influence on effective leadership? Word count: 2,746 Executive Summary Leadership, power and influence is a theme within management that is constantly developing overtime. Leaders are continuously developing new and innovative ways to empower their followers in order to get the best out of them. For the purpose of this report, we have decided to look at the assumption that leadership is based on the different types of relationships between people, rather than the skills and abilities of just one person. We know this theory allows for a…show more content…
It has been said that “today’s leaders must rely on core values to keep the organization centred and balanced” (acting from the centre), perhaps this is why a traditional approach of leaders relying solely on their position to influence followers no longer stands for much today. Leaders must adopt a strategy that in turn gains the respect of followers by leading through exemplary behaviour and standing for values that are communicated openly and often with others. “John Gillespie, former CEO and vice president of operations at Innovation Luggage, Secaucus, says the following: “I found that if I wanted people to follow me, I had to be the first person to take risks and work without a safety net under me”. (Acting from the centre) It is through actions such as this that leaders gain the respect of followers and in turn gain what is known as ‘referent power’. (McShane & Travaglione, 2007, p.359). Like many other leaders, Don Makie, vice president of quality assurance, has had to face the following question: “how can they (leaders) help others in the organization evolve so that they, too, reflect and embody those values?” (Acting from the centre) This tie's in with the ideas of referent and expert power; when followers hold respect for a leader they are more willing to believe in their expertise and ideas, “leaders empower their followers” (Hackman & Johnson, 2009). Makie believes in
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