POWER DYNAMIC 3
In my former high school, the principal of the school was a youngwoman in her 40s. She held that power position and was responsible toguide the rest of the instructors. Legitimate power, expert power,reward and coercive power were all present in this situation (Marquis& Huston, 2012). There were various situations when the principalneeded to use her powers to give orders and direct the teachers andthe students. Her legitimate power that was associated with herposition was extremely useful in most situations. This was mainlyduring times when she needed something done or to assign differentteachers duties.
One situation that manifested both legitimate and coercive power waswhen she was dismissing a male teacher after he was involved in gravemisconduct. The principal applied her coercive power but the teacherresisted. However, her legitimate power enable the principal todismiss the particular teacher. The issue of gender and power is anextremely common one in most organizations (Choiniere et al., 2010).There is a false popular belief that men are more powerful than womenand this aspect was unfortunately evident in this situation. Theteacher defied the orders of the principal on the basis of hergender. The school has given women positions of power to try and dealwith the issue of negative gender related perceptions. The schoolalso embarked on awareness campaigns to try and inform the maleteachers of the need for equality.
Power can only be effective if the people who are being led arecomfortable and believe that the person holding the power deservesit. It would be prudent for the principal to work with the teachersand avoid coercive power. It is useful to always exercise power withmodesty and to allow other people to air their views (Burgess &Purkis, 2010). It is also vital to explain to the people one leads,the reasons for your actions.
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