Most of you will agree that power and politics are alive and well in most organizations. Now the questionis how do you as leaders use power to accomplish the missionâ€™s goals? One of your objectives in thisclass is to sharpen your influencing people skills by studying different leadership methods. In thismodule, you will do exactly that by gaining a better understanding of how leaders use legitimate, reward,expert, referent, and coercive power to influence others.As your text indicates, the three distinct outcomes that may result from the use of power to influenceothers: compliance, resistance, and commitment. The effective use of position power generally leads toemployee compliance, whereas the excessive use of position power and particularly coercive power mayresult in resistance. The follower response most often generated by personal power is commitment tothe organization’s goals and objectives and that is what you, as leaders should be striving for in terms ofthe organizationâ€™s mission.DiscussionSelect a present or past manager who has or had coercive power. Give a specific example of how he orshe uses or used reward and punishment to achieve an objective. Overall, how effective is (or was) thismanager at using rewards and punishment?
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