Different Powers

  • Referent Power – Power based on some high level of identification, respect, admiration etc. Politicians, celebrities etc. comes under this category
  • Coercive Power – Power based on fear, or suppression of freedom. Eg: Few team members believe their manager might influence their appraisal
  • Positional/Legitimate Power – This power comes through hierarchy in the organization. It is the formal power.
  • Expert Power – Power acquired through skills or expertize
  • Reward Power – Power of an individual to give rewards, promotions, pay hike etc.
  • Informational Power – Power acquired through referencing to right information. Potential use of information will give this power

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