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Educational Administrators: Use of Leadership Power

The 5 different types of power are: legitimate, reward, coercive, expert, and referent.
- What are the significant components or elements of each type of power?
- Do educational administrators give a great deal of thought to their type of power that they use in their daily professional life?

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The significant element of legitimate power is that the person holds a position in an organization. For example, an important official of a school has a position in the organization. An important element is that it is the power derived from a formal position or office. It is the position held in the hierarchy of authority. The position is based on some objective rule or law. The position may come with directives and limitations. These limitations increase the authority of the position.

The significant element of reward power is the extent to which an official can use rewards to influence others. The head of the school may have the power to reward subordinates for their actions when those behaviors meet the requirements of performance. For example the top administrator may have the power to increase the salary or give a promotion to employees. Top school leader has rewards such as giving more autonomy to some staff, recognizing good work, and praising employees.

The significant element of coercive power is the ability of the leader to punish subordinates for not complying with performance ...

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