Proper leadership is very integral in every organization. An organization that does not have proper leadership will not be able to achieve its objectives and goals. There are different types of leadership techniques that organizational leaders should use; the different types of leadership styles include dictatorial, transformational, democracy and situational. As a supervisor in an organization, when employees argue that they are not productive because I use positional power often, I would listen to them and tell them to give examples of incidences that I used positional power and how it affects them. Also, I would encourage them to give solutions to the problem. I would then assess their arguments and decide whether they have a reasonable complaint. After that, I would change my leadership style to suit the goals of the organization. The goal would be to ensure that employees complete their duties at the required time without any disregards for the management.
Positional power is the power that an individual earns when they assume a position of office. An individual exercises positional power by assuming the roles required by the office (Diamond, 2016). However, personal power is the ability to influence other people to do something without the use of positional power. Personal power develops when an individual forms intimate relationships with other people. Personally, I have used both positional and personal power in my life (Gulati, Mayo & Nohria, 2014). For example, I used positional power when I was school captain. Other students would follow my directions when I commanded them to do something. Secondly, I used personal power when I influenced my friends to start reading books and join book clubs.
Diamond, J. (2016). Power: A user’s guide. New Mexico: Belly Song Press.
Gulati, R., Mayo, A. J., & Nohria, N. (2014). Management. Mason, OH: South-Western Pub.