Effective Leadership: Switching Between Dominance and Prestige

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Effective Leadership: Switching Between Dominance and Prestige
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
The leadership styles Dominance and Prestige are fundamental strategies used by (potential) leaders to find their ways through organizational hierarchies:
  • Leading through Dominance refers to the act of being assertive, leverage one’s power/authority as a means to influence others. This type of leadership gives little room for followers to have a choice between following or not following the leader.
  • Leading through Prestige refers to a style in which wisdom and expertise, through being a role model, stimulate followers to follow. Instead of leading mainly through showing power, prestige allows others to be influential but they pull the strings from behind. This in turn means that leadership through prestige represents a more negotiable leadership style compared to dominance.
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I still like the oldie but goody Tannebaum Schmidt model of leadership styles from Autocratic to...Sign up

Switching Between Dominance and Prestige
Dr. Alan Williams, Professor, Thailand, Member
Just one comment, I suggest the word Prestige should be replaced by the word Credibility.
To my thinking Dominance suggests to some extent forcin...Sign up

Dominance as a Leadership Style
Jaap de Jonge, CEO, Netherlands, Editor
@Dr. Alan Williams: indeed the Dominance style is more or less forcing followers to follow. We should not change th...Sign up

Switching Between Dominance and Prestige ⇒ Directive and Credibility
Dr. Alan Williams, Professor, Thailand, Member
OK, so I still object to the 'title 'Dominant' and I would suggest: 'Directive' instead. In fact, in McClellands well-researched model, he and his col...Sign up


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