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.
 

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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?

 
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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.

 
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Prashant Dhodapkar
India
 

We all have Some Power Base

I think that the "sources of power" should make us realize that each one of us is empowered (or achi... Sign up

 
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Art Straub
Consultant, United States
 

Another Example of Assumed Power

I find assumed power to be real, but I'm not sure of the example (admin assistant). I have seen assu... Sign up

 
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Mita Dixit
Management Consultant, India
 

Assumed Power

John's concept is interesting. In family owned-and-managed businesses, I have seen this as a common ... Sign up

 
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Otavio Alexandre Da Silva
Brazil
 

Enabling Empowerment

As leadership, are we creating an atmosphere suitable for all those moves?... Sign up

 
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Paul White-Quinn
Student (University), United Kingdom
 

Stabilizing Power

In my organisation recently the power hungry all came hunting when the top of the ladder person move... Sign up

 
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kierdorff, Netherlands
 

Assumed Power

Reading the explanations and examples, could I say that assumed power is not initiated by an individ... Sign up

 
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Sarang D.
Analyst, India
 

How to Get Power

The definition of Power as per Oxford Dictionary: "The capacity or ability to direct or influence th... Sign up

 
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Joe Cocchini, United States
 

Assuming / Getting Power

Assuming a free society (by Machievellian standards), I believe the most efficient (capable, powerfu... Sign up

 
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Mohamed Hisham, Sri Lanka
 

The Problem with Assumed Power

The problem with assumed power is, sometimes with the leadership instinct we tempt to take that role... Sign up

 
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KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Assumed Power

I agree with John Henry's comments regarding assumed power. An administrative assistant certainly ho... Sign up

 
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M.B. Mphahlele
Consultant, South Africa
 

Power versus Force

Real power is spontenous and complete and non-coercive. Coercive power generates resistance and requ... Sign up

 
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V. L. KHUZWAYO
Student (MBA), South Africa
 

Intentional Assumed Power

I fully agree with Wim Kierdorff, this is a very interesting concept by John Henry. It is also true ... Sign up

 
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John Henry
Project Manager, United States
 

Amazing Responses

I think, assumed power is utilized all the time. Sometimes it is the person who has the responsibil... Sign up

 
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Patrack Mashiri
Student (MBA), South Africa
 

Short Lived

I think assumed power could be short lived once people realize its probably short lived.... Sign up

 
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Nikhita S Pemgirikar
India
 

Relation with the Boss

Just because someone has some relation with the owner of the business many people give or employees ... Sign up

 
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Rene de Guzman
Professor, Philippines
 

Informal Power Structures

We should also take into consideration informal power structures as opposed to referent power or pow... Sign up

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

Where Does Assumed Power Originate From

Anyone can assume power once they believe they are in control and if there are followers who submit ... Sign up

 
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Rene Green, USA
 

Assumed Power Through Creating Dependency

Yes, I affirm Anette Bristol-Martin's viewpoint that anyone can assumed power. This can happen witho... Sign up

 
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Donato ochan Hakim
CEO, South Sudan
 

Ignorance Assumed Power

In any work place there is an organization chart showing various positions from the highest to lowes... Sign up

 
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Art Straub
Consultant, United States
 

Ignorance Assumed Power

I have never worked in an organization where the organizational chart and job descriptions answered ... Sign up

 
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Ricardo Gonzalez R
Financial Consultant, Mexico
 

Nequaquam Vacuum

Anyone can assume the power. In growing organizations there are frequently departments in which ther... Sign up

   

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