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Lecture 20

ADMS 2200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: London Business School, Rob Ford, Norm Kelly


Department
Administrative Studies
Course Code
ADMS 2200
Professor
Alexander Rusetski
Lecture
20

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ADMS 2200 Lecture 20 Notes Bases of Power
Introduction
People instinctively prefer high to low power positions, says Ena Inesi, one of the
researchers from the London Business School.
For those in lo poer positions, it feels good hen you hae hoie, and it doesnt
feel good hen hoie is taken aay.
Rob Ford, formerly the mayor of the largest city in Canada, had legitimate power
power that comes from holding a particular role.
This power was called into question, however, when the first crack cocaine video
surfaced, and the Toronto city council stripped him of most of his power, giving them to
the deputy mayor, Norm Kelly.
Despite his antics, which were widely published in Canada and abroad, many people still
sympathized with the mayor.
Despite politicians and the media calling for him to step down, many ordinary people
did not.
As one reporter said, His regular-guy authenticity still has undeniable appeal.
Here is a guy who can make headlines just by talking about his trash-bin face-offs with
raoons theyre getting raer and raer.
Ford benefited from another type of power, called referent power.
People liked him.
What are some other types of power people can have, and how do they use them?
Where does power come from?
What is it that gives an individual or a group influence over others?
We answer by dividing the bases or sources of power into two general groupings
formal and personaland then breaking each of these down into more specific
categories.
Lo poer positions, it feels good hen you hae hoie, and it doesnt feel good
hen hoie is taken aay.
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