Seven sources of leadership power

The use of power to move others toward achievement is the central action of leadership, but Richard Searle suggests there are many different ways this power can be gained.

Leadership involves moving others, and moving others involves power. If leaders in business and society are to move groups of people towards achieving valuable common purposes, or move them to adapt in order to survive and thrive, where do they find the engine power to do that? Let me suggest seven sources of power for effective leaders.

Talk of power can stir controversy. Some traditional views of leadership have largely equated it with command and control. Many of us have had poor experiences of power and leadership – authoritarian parents, dictators or overbearing bosses.


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