Sources of Power in Organization

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Power: If you want to use your power effectively, learnt about the other parry’s needs, interests, and goals. AllenR.Cohen. Power basically is the function of dependency which does not require goal compatibility. In the words of Max Weber: “Power is the probability that one actor within the relationship will be in a position to carry out his own will despite resistance.” “Power refers to a capacity that one has to influence the behavior of other so that other does something he or she would not otherwise do.” According to Bass and Stogdill: In the words of Honore de Balzac: “Power is not revealed by…show more content…
Consequently, organizational choice of replacing these people will be limited. Since any person who is not easily replaceable has more power as compared to those who are easily replaceable, these people will have greater power over others. Referent Power The influence of Reference Power is based on the possession by an individual of desirable resources or personal traits. It develops out of admiration of another and a desire to be like that person. One of the ways in which individuals acquire Referent Power is through Charisma. Referent power is based on identification. Identification is the process of learning wherein a person copies the behavior of other person whom he takes as an ideal. The target of the influence feels attracted towards the person having power because of his personality characteristics and tries to behave accordingly. Then this becomes the basis of power exercise. Such identification process may take place without organizational context as most of the people take somebody as ideal and behave accordingly up to a certain stage. Which One Is Most Effective ? Interestingly, researches suggests pretty clearly that the Personal Sources of Power are more effective. Both Expert and Referent Power are Positively related to employees’ satisfaction with supervision, their organizational commitment and their performance where
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