As we know, the most essential kind of
leadership power is personal power. Someone is capable in getting people to
work because of their experience, knowledge, charisma, or access to information
when he or she uses his or her personal power. Good leaders who are believed to
be the most influential are people who work their personal, but not people who just
rely on the power of the job title. We can see that influence usually comes
when a person exercises the power of who they are as a person. As
time goes on, the “who you are” will impact your daily actions, which
is how you want to treat other people, especially when you think that
nobody is actually looking. People’s traits such as honesty, fairness, and compassion
are able to help people build up a leader’s personal power.

I used to believe that for managers, on one
hand, since most of them are achievement-motivated who focus on their personal
improvement, they would like to do the work by themselves. On the other hand, like
other employees, they also hope to get some short-term feedback on their work performance
or evaluation, and then they can let other people understand which jobs they
have completed and how good they are doing their jobs. However, based on my
observation, I found out managers in large or company, instead of performing all
the tasks by themselves, they need to have others such as their subordinates to
work together for the company. As a result of that, those managers need to do their
jobs without getting some personal and immediate feedback because tasks have
been assigned to a lot of employees. For example, for a manager in my company, it
seems like his job is to focus on more finding people who are able to or know
how to influence other employees not those who just can do things better alone
by themselves. So we employees can realize that a professional leader or company
top manager usually possess a real high need for power instead of focusing on getting
the achievement, which is very important to their management work. Of course,
that need has to be controlled, so it can be directed to the whole company’s
benefit.

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