Leadership and Power

1689 WordsSep 12, 20097 Pages
Abstract Power is a fascinating concept. Babies experience power related to obtaining nourishment and comfort; adults recognize how power affects their jobs, lifestyle and relationships. Sometimes, giving away power means you get more. Sometimes delineating your power boundaries is necessary for survival. That is why power is paradoxical its outcomes are counterintuitive to the inputs. The law of attraction suggests a principle of cause and effect that you influence your own reality and the responses you receive from those around you. Therefore, power begins with and is retained by knowing yourself and understanding the position of relevant others. Reflect upon your ability to listen objectively to points of view different from your…show more content…
This can affect their efficiency as a worker and can set a poor example for the rest of the employees around them. They can set a low standard of thinking that they do not have to do the job because there are other people who can do it instead. The Dark Side of Leadership Power without accountability is blamed for many excesses, ranging from financial waste, fraud, or sexual harassment. There are causes of the dark side, consequences, and solutions that go along with it. This means not all power is used with the same mindset. Some is used for the common good of all people, while other forms are one sided. The dark side of power is when leaders succeed at the employees' expense. Too much power without accountability can lead to many negative consequences. Leaders distancing themselves from others in the organization lead to poor decision-making because leaders lack the information needed to make good judgments. Another consequence of excessive power is a sense of immorality. In this case, the leaders see themselves subject to different rules than their subordinates. This can result in unethical and illegal activities, while expecting their subordinates to follow established rules. Some of the solutions that could bring follower's closer to their leader are involving their leader in day-to-day activities, reducing the follower's dependency on the leader, and involving outsiders in the

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