Leadership Of, Not Power Over

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Northouse (2012) defines power as “the capacity or potential to influence.” (Introduction, section “Leadership and Power”, para. 1) Influence is necessary for leaders and the essence of what makes their leadership possible.  However, this influence is not just an effect of skills, attributes, and strengths of leaders, but can also become a “tool that leaders use to achieve their own ends.” (Northouse, 2012, Introduction, section “Leadership and Power”, para. 5)  Some would argue this is a violation of what leadership is meant to be.  “For Burns, power is not an entity that leaders use over others to achieve their own ends; instead, power occurs in relationships. It should be used by leaders and followers to promote their collective goals.” (Northouse, 2012, Introduction, section “Leadership and Power”, para. 5) So how should leaders cope with this power?
The value of leadership humility has arisen as a possible mechanism leaders can use to insure their influence of others does not become power over others.  With the popularity growth of servant, participative and level 5 leadership models over the last 10 years, an awareness of the virtue of humility has been identified as “critical for leadership effectiveness.” (Owens, 2012, p.787) As leaders embrace and become comfortable with humble, but powerful, leadership they will find mutually beneficial results through stronger relationship with followers.
Northouse, Peter G. (2012). Leadership: Theory and Practice (Kindle Locations DX Version).SAGE Publications. Kindle Edition.
Owens, B. P., & Hekman, D. R. (2012). Modeling How to Grow: An Inductive Examination of Humble Leader Behaviors,      Contingencies, and Outcomes. Academy of Management Journal, 55(4), 787–818.


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