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Leadership Challenge: Using Sources of Power Ethically

The CEO of a large company has retained you as a management consultant to look into an area of concern that she has. With many of the recent corporate scandals, she is wondering how she can avoid these sorts of problems within her company. She has asked you to research and prepare a report that summarizes the various kinds of power she has at her disposal and how this power could be effectively utilized to avoid these sorts of problems within her own company.

Prepare a report in which you:

1. There are a myriad of leadership models, most of which discuss sources of power. Using the model presented in your text and accessing other sources as supporting material, list and explain the sources of power that the CEO of a large company typically has at her disposal.

2. Describe how these powers can be used to avoid the various operational, administrative, and ethical problems experienced by companies. Please respond to this question by identifying three specific business problems that can be addressed through the use of "influence tactics." For each specific problem, describe the influence tactic that should be used, the source of power behind that influence tactic, and why you believe that this influence tactic will effectively address that problem.

Use the Library or other Web resources to support your argument. Be sure to cite your sources using APA Style 6th edition guidelines.

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1. There are a myriad of leadership models, most of which discuss sources of power. Using the model presented in your text and accessing other sources as supporting material, list and explain the sources of power that the CEO of a large company typically has at her disposal.

The sources of power that we get from leaders hip models are as follows. Leadership models are based on conflict. For instance, if the CEO feels that the company goals are not being achieved. This is a special problem that the CEO faces has she has to influence the people in her organization (Wright, P. 1996).

She must have a clear idea about what she wants to achieve. Her power comes from her ability to think in non routine situations. The CEO must be able to communicate what she wants, the manner in which the communication should be made and should be made in such a way that they know how the goals are to be achieved. So, the source of power of the CEO comes from her task competence, understanding of the company personnel, and intelligence. The sources of power that she has at her disposal are her skills in dealing with people, her capacity to motivate people, and courage. From a different leadership perspective the CEO has the power to direct employees and managers, or she can share her decision making powers with others in the company. From her position, the CEO can stress the achievement of firm objectives or she can use power to look upon the interests, problems, and development of employee. Each is a source of power to the CEO. (Schein, E. 1985).

According to contingency approach, if the CEO is liked and respected, she can use that as a source of power to influence others. Similarly, if she is able to clearly lay down the goals, methods and performance standards, then it can become a source of power to the CEO. Finally, the CEO can use her position as a source of power she can exert influence. Let us use a different perspective from which the CEO derivers her power. She as a CEO can tell what is to be done. ...

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