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LEADERSHIP THEORIES THE THEORIES OF POWER This essay will approach types of power such as to utilize and influence others to either reward or punish to confirm by role of an organization and to identify with a leader such as rock or film personality This essay will cover six categories of power and these interlink with each other and brings a better focus on theories of power The functions of leadership are many and varied depending upon the basic problem with a group must deal with and the type of leadership style in action which is dependent on the leaders basis of power Power in the case of leadership is divided into six categories however each can be linked with another as they are inter-related Expert and Informational power are concerned with skills knowledge and information of which the holders of such abilities are able to utilize to influence others ie technicians and computer personnel Reward and Coercive power differ from the previously mentioned as they involve the ability to either reward or punish persons being influenced in order to gain compliance Legitimate power is power which has been confirmed by the very role structure of the group or organization itself and is accepted by all as correct and without dispute such as in the case of the armed forces or the police force Referent power on the other hand involves those being influenced identifying with the leader ie rock or film personalities using their image to enter the political arena Most leaders make use of a combination of these six types of power depending on the leadership style used Authoritarian leaders for example use a mixture of legitimate coercive and reward powers to dictate the policies plans and activities of a group In comparison a democratic or participative leader would use mainly referent power involving all members of the group in the decision-making process Meta-Analysis In my research
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