Please answer one of the following two topics:
A: Your textbook talks about various abuses of power in Chapter 12. Why should organizations be concerned about this? How can power be used in a healthy way as a leader….or can it? What are some things that organizations might do to help managers use, not abuse, power?
B: Leadership is one of the most frequently discussed topics in the business world and numerous books have been written on the topic. It is difficult to decipher what is best out of all of the information out there. If you were a consultant, brought in to help a leader understand his/her leadership style and improve as a leader, what would you do? What tools or strategies for improvement might you suggest? Use specific terms and concepts from Chapter 11 in your answer.
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Power in leadership
As stated in the textbook in chapter 12, depending on how it is used, power can lead to positive or negative outcomes. I believe the worst type of power is coercive power, “the means by which a person controls the behavior of others through punishments, threats, or sanction” (Neck et Al, 306). This is a threatening type of management style and instills fear in the team rather than promoting a cohesive and compassionate environment. In my opinion, coercive power is to be used as a last resort, if all else fails. Legitimate power, “the leader’s officially sanctioned authority to ask others to do things…. formal authority or power to give orders and approve or deny employee requests” (Neck et Al, 306), is commonly used in the workforce. Legitimate power uses the hierarchy structure and gives managers the authority to ask employees to do things if they are not unethical, immoral, or illegal. Reward power, “the use of incentives to influence the actions of others” (Neck et Al, 306), is ultimately, the practice of motivating employees by incentivizing them to achieve goals, i.e. bonus, recognition, trophy, etc. The use of incentives and reward power is my preferred management method, personally, I have found that it has worked very well in homeschooling my children the last month.
From all the studies and reading I have completed since starting this degree, I have come to realize that the best type of manager is a compassionate manager. A compassionate manager has empathy, gets to know his staff, understands their needs, talks to them about not just work, but life in general, and in tune with his team. An effective method to get managers to build relationships with their team members is to have weekly team meetings in which everyone gets together, either on the phone via conference call or face to face meeting in which important topics and discussed as well as a fun activity for team building. It is also important that the manager builds upon their one on one relationship with their team members and it is helpful if they schedule and park take in a once a month meeting, i.e. 30 minutes, in which they contact each team member and talk about how things are going, ask about their families, personal life, etc. so show that they are interested in them and like to learn more about them.
Another thing I have learned is that a manager who is willing to roll up his or her sleeves and be part of the action, rather than point fingers and give direction, is much more effective. If an organization wants to employ better leaders, then the people training their new leaders should lead by example and be part of the process, have compassion and empathy, and ensure that they hire and train managers accordingly to ensure that their team is provided with a healthy work environment, job satisfaction, and overall happiness.
In the present world, the leadership is an important concept that needs to be comprehended. In order to make the leaders understand their leadership style, it is important to make them aware regarding their strengths and weaknesses. (Yahaya & Ebrahim, 2016) Also, it is vital to share with them about the opportunities that they can get benefit of. It is deliberated that there an inclination towards the value based leadership rather than power based. As discussed in the lectures, the leaders make use of their powers in a wisely manner leading through a set of morals, with the intention of meeting the needs of others by equipping them with the right tools to unleash their potential, so they can act for the greater good in value based leadership. Moreover, the leadership related traits can be improved by understanding that the single style cannot be applied to all the situations. (Chen & Silverthorne, 2005) It is vital to understand the context and adapt to the leadership style accordingly. Further, it can be improved by comprehending the culture as well. The leader ought to be aware about the followers and how they can be influenced.
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