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Power, leadership, personal power

Terms such as leadership, management, and power are commonly used in business communications, and often interchangeably. Yet scholars have long debated the differences between management and leadership. Furthermore, to be an effective leader, it is important to understand and articulate these nuances as well as understand the critical role of power in leadership. Reflect on your understanding of these concepts. Consider the differences between these concepts and how each one influences the other, and then answer the following questions:

What is power and how does it relate to leadership?

What are the differences between positional power and personal power? Which type is more important?

Do you see a difference between the work of a leader and the work of a manager in terms of what you have discovered about power? What is the relevance of this distinction for leadership in the modern business environment? Can the two roles be mutually beneficial?

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What is power and how does it relate to leadership?

Power is the engine that drives the ability to influence. In other words, power is used to influence the behavior of others. Power and leadership are related in a way that wherever there is leadership, there is power. However, it is not always true to assume that wherever there is power there is leadership. It is fair to say that in the absence of power, a leader cannot lead. A leader uses power that is vested in him/her to lead.

What are the differences between positional ...

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This solution define what power is and how it relates to leadership. In addition, the solution highligts the differences between positional power and personal power

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