Advantages and Disadvantages of Power

Power is necessary in an organization because it helps managers fulfill their leadership responsibilities; it also helps all employees influence others in pursuit of organizational and personal goals. Two key benefits are the

  1. Ability to inspire commitment (as a reaction to expert or referent power) and
  2. The ability to reduce uncertainty for others in the organization.

Empowerment leads to other benefits, such as

  1. Support for creativity and
  2. Reduction of bureaucratic obstacles.

The main disadvantage is

  1. The potential for misuse and abuse, which can harm individuals and the organization.



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