Assumed Power in a Void

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John Henry
Project Manager, United States

Assumed Power in a Void

Another type of power is that which is created in a void (Ed: ~ empty space) of leadership, that is assumed power. No one is exerting power in an area, so someone assumes that role, and the power is by consensus granted to them. There is no basis for this power but it might be called "king of the hill" power as the first one to assume the power role has to be "removed" for another to gain that power.
An example, real life... The power the administrative assistant has within an organization by virtue of their proximity to real power.

  kierdorff, Netherlands

Assumed Power

Dear John, interesting concept... Could it be that a management intentionally sustains this situation? For example, to keep motivation high without actually granting a higher position?

  Alberto Acuna
Manager, Chile

Assumed Power

Reading this comment, a similar type of power comes to my mind which is the power given by employees, a sort of reversed delegation.

  Prashant Dhodapkar

We all have Some Power Base

I think that the "sources of power" should make us...

  Art Straub
Consultant, United States

Another Example of Assumed Power

I find assumed power to be real, but I'm not sure ...

  Mita Dixit
Management Consultant, India

Assumed Power

John's concept is interesting. In family owned-and...

  Otavio Alexandre Da Silva

Enabling Empowerment

As leadership, are we creating an atmosphere suita...

  Paul White-Quinn
Student (University), United Kingdom

Stabilizing Power

In my organisation recently the power hungry all c...

  kierdorff, Netherlands

Assumed Power

Reading the explanations and examples, could I say...

  Sarang D.
Analyst, India

How to Get Power

The definition of Power as per Oxford Dictionary: ...

  Joe Cocchini, United States

Assuming / Getting Power

Assuming a free society (by Machievellian standard...

  Mohamed Hisham, Sri Lanka

The Problem with Assumed Power

The problem with assumed power is, sometimes with ...

Entrepreneur, United States

Assumed Power

I agree with John Henry's comments regarding assum...

  M.B. Mphahlele
Consultant, South Africa

Power versus Force

Real power is spontenous and complete and non-coer...

Student (MBA), South Africa

Intentional Assumed Power

I fully agree with Wim Kierdorff, this is a very i...

  John Henry
Project Manager, United States

Amazing Responses

I think, assumed power is utilized all the time. ...

  Patrack Mashiri
Student (MBA), South Africa

Short Lived

I think assumed power could be short lived once pe...

  Nikhita S Pemgirikar

Relation with the Boss

Just because someone has some relation with the ow...

  Rene de Guzman
Professor, Philippines

Informal Power Structures

We should also take into consideration informal po...

  annette bristol-martin
Student (University), Trinidad and Tobago

Where Does Assumed Power Originate From

Anyone can assume power once they believe they are...

  Rene Green, USA

Assumed Power Through Creating Dependency

Yes, I affirm Anette Bristol-Martin's viewpoint th...

  Donato ochan Hakim
CEO, South Sudan

Ignorance Assumed Power

In any work place there is an organization chart s...

  Art Straub
Consultant, United States

Ignorance Assumed Power

I have never worked in an organization where the o...

  Ricardo Gonzalez R
Financial Consultant, Mexico

Nequaquam Vacuum

Anyone can assume the power. In growing organizati...


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