Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.
This discussion will address power and influence in organizations. James MacGregor Burns says
not all human influences are necessarily coercive and exploitative … the most powerful influences consist of deeply human relationships in which two or more persons engage with one another…To understand the nature of leadership requires understanding of the essence of power, for leadership is a special form of power. (Burns, 2010)
Focus your discussion on the following:
- How do you see power and influence displayed in your organizational life?
- How do you relate to what Burns says?
- Do the articles from your assigned reading “speak” to you more directly?
- What is the source of your power?