Case Analysis #3
1.What type or types of power does Anita Rod*censored* appear to rely upon?
Based on my observation, Mrs. Anita Rod*censored* heavily relies on Expert, Referent, and Information power.
According to the textbook, Expert power is based on the possession of expertise that is invaluable to the company and its employees. From the case discussion, we could see that, due to her diligent work, Anita Rod*censored* is able to possess firsthand information about the company’s products and customers and integrate such information into the final value-added product package the company offers to its customer. For example, Anita is engaged in extensive ...view middle of the document...
In order to be a transformational leader, one has to be charismatic, which means that this leader is able to inspire others and gain respect from them; to recognize what is really significant for the company; and to articulate a clearly defined mission. As for Anita Rod*censored*, she set the vision for the company to be socially and environmentally responsible and to benefit the external environments and its employees as well. On one hand, this vision is strongly supported by the company’s employees and customers and represents the future trend, on the other hand, more interestingly, this vision has benefited the company’s business as shown by the strong market growth over the years. Charismatic leaders also often rely on referent and expert power as Anita has been doing.
Individual consideration and Intellectual stimulation are also important characteristics of a charismatic leader. While the former means that delegation of projects to help develop each follower’s capabilities, paying personal attention to each follower’s needs, and treating each individual with respect, the latter means that a leader should offer new ideas to stimulate followers to rethink the status quo, encourage examining the problem from different angles, and foster creative breakthrough in formidable tasks. Anita has clearly identified the...