Short Essay: Topic: Power and Influence

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Short Essay: Topic: Power and Influence 

Assignment: We discussed that “Leadership is the process of influencing people…” While influence might be the essence of leadership, it is not the start point. It all begins with power, the capacity an individual has to influence the attitude or behavior of others. When analyzing the application of power to gain commitment an individual must consider these areas;

The sources of power (position and personal) within an organization;

The correlation of power (position and personal) to compliance and commitment;

The role of influence tactics (techniques) in achieving compliance and commitment;

The use of emotional intelligence in influencing others; and

Leadership Styles

Topic: Describe the relationship between power and influence in gaining organizational commitment. Your response should incorporate all elements of the “Big Six” as discussed in your readings. Provide an example to support your response. 

Instructions: Post a substantial essay response, with at least 2 cited sources and a minimum of 400 words, to the topic above.

Cite your references IAW APA formatting standards.

Reference

ELO: 400-SMC:1015.13 (L201 Organizational Power and Influence)

“Leadership is the process of influencing people…” While influence might be the essence of leadership, it is not the start point. It all begins with power, the capacity an individual has to influence the attitude or behavior of others. When analyzing the application of power to gain commitment an individual must consider these areas;

The sources of power (position and personal) within an organization;

The correlation of power (position and personal) to compliance and commitment;

The role of influence tactics (techniques) in achieving compliance and commitment;

The use of emotional intelligence in influencing others; and Leadership Styles

ELO 400-SMC-1015.32 (L203 Servant Leadership)

Research has shown that one of the best leadership styles to provide individuals the influence they need is servant leadership. Servant leadership focuses on ethical behavior and a genuine concern for subordinates to promote enhanced individual and organizational performance. Subordinates have greater trust in their leaders and higher levels of organizational commitment when their leaders practice servant leadership. 

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