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Roger Dawson




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Power it can be used for evil or simply be a tool to influence others to make better decision for themselves.


It is defined by Wikipedia as "a measure of a person's ability to control the environment around them, including the behaviour of other people".


Whatever your definition of power is, one thing for sure is that power is real and it is constantly being used on you. At the same time whether you are aware of it or not you are using the power that you have to try and persuade and influence others.



Now according to Roger Dawson there are eight types of power (with my added descriptors) 


Legitimate Power - This is the power associated with titles for example the head teacher, the CEO, the store manager etc.

Reward Power - This is the ability to reward you. An example maybe the person who approves your expenses or the higher earner in a relationship

Cohesive power - This is the ability to punish you, for example the policeman or your kids (as they resort to verbal punishment with those harsh words of "I hate you")

Reverent Power -  When people follow someone for their consistent values perhaps the pope or from a negative it maybe fundamentalist

Charismatic Power - When someone just has that over whelming character which creates a feeling of energy and excitement in people

Expertise Power - When someone is perceived to have skills and experience in the subject or issue, the financial advisor,  yoga instructor or technical expert

Situation Power - When people have the ability to accept or reject you, an example maybe the shop keeper who refuses to sell you something or the worker who comments "its more than my jobs worth"

Information Power - When people simple have the most amount information on the subject or issue


Now Roger comments that great LEADERS tend to excel in legitimate, reward, reverent and charismatic power. So if we want to lead people perhaps this is where we should focus?


I think its interesting that from the list reward, cohesive and situational power is more direct or real where as legitimate, reverent, charismatic, expert or informational power is more about power being perceived by the person it influences.


So I ponder that perhaps I should be more aware of the power people have over me, understanding and accepting when it is real power and mindful and appropriately challenging when its based around my own perceptions.


Till next week be aware of the type of power other people have over you and use your power to benefit others.


Thanks for listening

David Gardner


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