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Discovering 10 Unusual Sources of Power

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10 Usual Sources of Power at Work

Where does your personal power come from? We all know that the boss has power over us and that it is tricky to refuse a reasonable request from them, because they have Status Power. It is usually quite easy to see Technical Power or Expertise Power in the work place, but CPD consultant Mike Phipps has published some interesting research into power at work. Here are the 10 of the more unusual sources that his research identified.

1. Resource Power – Personal Power that comes from resources we control e.g. budgets, information, favours, projects, promotions or even access to the stationery cupboard.

2. Access Power – Personal Power that comes from our ability to either allow or deny access to important people or meetings.

3. Image Power – Personal Power that comes from the image we project.

4. Maven Power – Personal Power that comes from knowing what is really going on in our organisation. A maven is one who knows what is on trend and what’s happening and, while that might not be you, you need to know one.

5. Intrapersonal Power – Personal Power that comes from our emotional intelligence that in turn builds self-confidence, self-esteem and self-knowledge.

6. Physical Power – Personal Power that comes from our physical characteristics be it tall, small, beautiful, young, old etc.

7. Integrity Power – Personal Power that comes from the integrity we demonstrate; being loyal, honest and trustworthy.

8. Network Power – Personal Power that comes from our network of contacts, associates, friends and useful people.

9. Silence Power – Personal Power that simply comes from remaining silent.

10. Questioning Power – Personal Power that comes from our ability to know the right question to ask and how to ask it.

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