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Power Base and Leadership
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Leadership Week 4 Assignment 1

Assignment 1: Discussion Assignment

The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.

For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by Date............

To support your work and demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes, be sure to incorporate the key relevant material from your reading as well as outside academically credible resources. All sources should be credited using APA which includes both reference and applicable intext citations.

Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by Date.................

Power Base and Leadership

British historian of late 19th century, (Acton, 1887) said that "power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely," suggesting that a person's sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases. Do you agree? Considering this idea, is it ethical for leaders to try to increase their power? Is all power the same or are there different power bases and different corresponding influence techniques? How does the use of power impact the leader-follower relationship?

 

Choose any organization and describe the power base(s) in that organization. What types of techniques do leaders use to influence team behavior in that organization? How does the leaders' approach affect team relationships? As a leader, how would you use power in your relationships with team members and why?

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