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Power and Leadership Styles

Review one of the following websites, given below, that categorize good bosses and bad bosses:

• Beck, M. (2008, April 3). Are you a good boss or bad boss? CNN.go. Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/worklife/04/03/o.good.bad.boss/index.html
• Hansen, R. S. (n.d.). Dealing with a bad boss: Strategies for coping. Quintessential Careers. Retrieved from http://www.quintcareers.com/bad_bosses.html

Consider how power is used in your work or school environment in your everyday life. Respond to the following:

• Describe the relationship between power and leadership.
• Think about an effective leader whom you admire or a less effective leader with whom you have worked. Include an anecdote that describes this leader's behavior. Which power bases did this leader use in this anecdote? Which power bases did he or she often use?
• Describe your experiences with good and bad bosses. They may be similar to those described in one of the above websites, or they may be unique.
Be sure to cite which website you used. In addition, be careful not to use any identifying information of people or companies.

Solution Preview

• Describe the relationship between power and leadership.
Power can come in many forms. In order to discuss the relationship between power and leadership, we need to look at the many different forms of power. According to the website and journal listed as a reference the following are cited from that journal and are the different types of powers:
1) Legitimate power is a person's ability to influence others' behavior because of the position that person holds within the organization.
2) Reward power is a person's ability to influence others' behavior by providing them with things they want to receive.
3) Coercive power is a person's ability to influence others' behavior by punishing them or by creating a perceived threat to do so.
4) Expert power is a person's ability to influence others' behavior because of recognized knowledge, skills, or abilities.
5) Referent power is a person's ability to influence others' ...

Solution Summary

This describes the different powers bosses use and the relationship between one particular power and leadership. It has one reference and is approximately 400 words.

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