There are five bases or sources of power in any given organization. Today I will describe and explain these powers. First is legitimate power. This is a formal power that is derived from person’s position in an organization. A person’s level of legitimate power is directly linked to their ability to coerce or reward others. The scenario for this power is in the corporate mission statement which implies that the duty of all employees is to help clients improve their real estate sales. With this statement the power to reward their employees is given. This also influences the hiring practices of the company as well. From the CEO to market manager it gives them the legitimate power to influence their employee’s rewards.
Next is Coercive power. This is a person’s ability to impact negative results from failing to comply. Within the given scenario of this task, this ability is demonstrated by Employee number 2. As the only CPA (certified public accountant) in the company, this person is responsible for the financial statements and the timely filing of these statements. Because of this the company has given Employee number 2 a shortened work week of 4 days. This effectively demonstrates the coercive power of Employee number 2.
Reward power is the next in the five bases of power. This power is the converse of coercive power. Reward power is defined simple as positive benefits or a person’s ability to distribute rewards that others people or groups may view as valuable. Within the given scenario the marketing manager wields this power in the form of yearly bonuses. We see the true interaction of this power on Employee number 1. Employee number 1 plans to take a vacation, however this employee will be unable to do so without the bonus provided by the marketing manager. Therefore the marketing manager has the power to reward Employee number 1. This is also an example of dependency and power.
Next is Personal power. Personal Powers is the sum of...
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