What Type Of Power Do You Use?

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This short 6 QUESTION QUIZ from Leadership IQ helps you discover which type of POWER you're most likely to use. We focus here on 4 key types of power: Formal, Expert, Reward and Referent.


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You primarily use Expert Power

This kind of power means that you have an area of expertise or knowledge about particular things.  People who are seen as subject matter experts are often using this kind of power.   The plus of this power is that it can be earned by anyone who’s smart and persistent enough.  You don’t need a title or charisma or other resources to get this kind of power.  It’s also the power that is least likely to grow tiresome for the people around them (people can follow ‘experts’ for decades without growing weary of them).  And people will follow you because they themselves grow and benefit (they keep learning things from you).   The potential downside is that occasionally people with expert power can become rigid and dogmatic.  That means that they hold onto one particular area of expertise and don’t grow beyond that area, AND they’re occasionally threatened by others who might try to become experts in their territory.  Also, you have to be careful because sometimes overwhelming expertise can be seen as threatening to others, and that means you could be locked out of other circles of influence.  So, in addition to your Expert Power, find opportunities to try out some of the other sources as well (especially Referent Power with a little dose of Reward Power).   Learn more about this power (and all the other types) on Leadership IQ’s upcoming webinar called The Science of Getting Power and Influence.   You can learn more here: http://www.leadershipiq.com/webinar/the-science-of-getting-power-and-influence/  

You primarily use Reward Power

This type of power comes from your ability to offer people rewards for following you.  These rewards can be formal or informal, and could include praise, raises, time off, increased budgets, promotions, etc. (the list of possible rewards is nearly infinite).   The plus of this power is that it’s pretty gentle and feels nice to the recipient (after all, who doesn’t like to receive rewards).  The potential minus is that, if overused, it can start to feel like a parent who chases after their kids with cookies ready to give them a treat for the littlest accomplishment (and then after a while, the kid won’t do anything without first requiring a cookie).   Learn more about this power (and all the other types) on Leadership IQ’s upcoming webinar called The Science of Getting Power and Influence.   You can learn more here: http://www.leadershipiq.com/webinar/the-science-of-getting-power-and-influence/
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which statement best describes you?
    • A. 

      When people follow me, it’s because I'm seen as powerful or influential.

    • B. 

      When people follow me, it’s because they like me as a person.

  • 2. 
    Which statement best describes you?
    • A. 

      When people follow me, it’s because of WHO I know.

    • B. 

      When people follow me, it’s because of WHAT I know.

  • 3. 
    Which statement best describes you?
    • A. 

      I’m more known as someone who wields influence (or is connected to the power players in the organization).

    • B. 

      I’m more known as someone who is a subject matter expert in certain areas.

  • 4. 
    Which statement best describes you?
    • A. 

      People would follow me because they feel compelled to (whether through guilt or obligation).

    • B. 

      People would follow me because they personally benefit.

  • 5. 
    Which statement best describes you?
    • A. 

      People understand how they could personally benefit by following me.

    • B. 

      People understand what could happen to them if they don’t follow me.

  • 6. 
    Which statement best describes you?
    • A. 

      The primary person who benefits from following me is ME.

    • B. 

      The primary person who benefits from following me is the FOLLOWER.

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