The word “power” has appeared many times in the last two daily posts, so let’s look at it more closely.
The various definitions of power usually include the ability to influence, making the definition of leadership and power almost synonymous. Interestingly, in my many years of preparing school leaders, the idea of wielding power was perceived by many to be a negative thing, but without power there is no leadership.
My take on power has been strongly shaped by French and Raven who identified six bases of power:
Understanding the different power bases is critical to understanding the different ways to lead. Hierarchical leadership requires legitimate power. It also facilitates the use of reward and coercive power.
Here is what is really exciting about the bases of power: With the exception of legitimate power, all the bases of power are accessible regardless of the positions we hold! In other words, the ways of exercising power are open to all of us and to everyone else! You don’t need to be in a hierarchical position to lead!
Tomorrow we will look at actions and mindset.
Do good and be well,