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Power the influence one possesses over another exists in five forms legitimate referent expert coercive and reward The type of power used in an organization affects the employees and the productivity of the organization It is beneficial to determine which type of power exists in the organization If the incorrect type of power is used in the business the company may suffer from high employee turnover rates low productivity or some other similar negative outcome Consequently an organization seeking to improve its overall performance considers the type of power used in the organization and seeks to determine if the power base or bases in use are appropriate The use of an assessment designed to identify these preferred methods of power assists organizations in the profiling of the power in use among individuals Additionally power is used within the home Power can be a motivating tool or a destructive force Some persons may find it helpful to determine their power profile to further enhance their personal relationships among their family members An assessment indicates which form of power an individual is more likely to use For example after a series of questions a score is given to determine the likelihood of each type of power to be used by the individual In such an assessment reward power the type of power that provides rewards such as money or vacation time for the wanted behavior received a score of 325 out of a possible 5 Coercive power or use of force yielded a score of 175 out of 5 Legitimate power power that is based on ones position in an organization received a score of 45 out of 5 Referent power power that is given to someone due to their admirable traits and personality also obtained a 45 score out of 5 Finally expert power power that is based upon ones knowledge and skill of a subject received a 4 out of a possible 5 points Interestingly
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