But first what is Power? When researching Power words such as authority, control, direct, command and influence all appear. These words all support the following statement “Power is the ability to influence and control the behaviour of others.” The problem with power is that it often leads to those in power abusing it. As Lord Acton famously quoted “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Macbeth
Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner provides insight into how power affects people and what it can do to relationships. Humans, by nature, crave power and seek control over others. Power is addictive. Once someone has had a taste of power, they will do everything possible to hold onto it. Throughout Hosseini’s novel, characters gain and lose power. They also abuse power, whether through friendship or fear. They manipulate the powerless to stay in their position. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, aggressors evoke guilt and shame in their victims in order to maintain their power, bespeaking the human need to be in control.
“The Goonies” (Spielberg, 1985) shows many attributes to “team” and “group” work and also considering the team is made up of children it is very relevant for my future E.A career. Below, I will demonstrate my theories through what I have learned so far in this course.
The 1970s were a rough year for African-Americans, still fighting for social and political rights in the United States. Consequently, women still did not receive equal rights. However, in 1972, “Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the Constitution, which reads: ‘Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex’ (History.com Staff).” Out of the thirty-eight necessary states only twenty-two ratified it right away, it was relieving for the moment because the feminist advocates had been trying to be ratified since 1923. The First African-American woman elected into Congress was Shirley Chisholm. This moment opened doors for African-American women that they thought would never have a chance. Nevertheless, the poem Ego Tripping written by Nikki Giovanni dated back to 1972 where she expresses her power throughout the poem with the support of feminist statements. Giovanni reminds the audience of historical moments that lead up to the current conditions of the United States. Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why) was published with a bundle of poetry which is entitled My House, the book of poems had a common underlying idea that Giovanni is free to do what she pleases and live by her own set of rules (Masterpieces of American Literature Ed. Steven G. Kellman.)
Power. A word as described by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as possession of control, authority, or influence over others. Yet in the world, often times the other side of power is overshadowed by those reaching to attain it. When in fact, those suffering under the hold of not having power could be arguably greater than those who suffer to reach it. In the classic novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the case of Justine Moritz is a strong argument of one side of power. After being wrongly accused for the murder of William Frankenstein by those who are in power, she in turn sucks the power that those men have over her and comes to terms with her fate- therefore taking her life into her own hands. A parallel case to argue, is that of Safie De
Power can be used to influence others. This was shown when Gwen was influenced by Amy and others to help with the rally when she "...put the heavy bag on the ground and dug into it. Out came a big roll of cheap red ribbon. 'Your armbands.' She smiled triumphantly." (Miklowitz 149) Although Amy and the others have a lower status, they still have power in a way that influences people such as Gwen to want to do something they had never thought they would do. Another example of influence is when a police officer commands Adam, "'This is a no-parking area. May I see your license, please?' Adam didn't even reach for his wallet. 'I live here. I'm Adam Tarcher.' 'Oh, Mr.Tarcher, I wasn't sure!' The policeman's manner changed abruptly and he started to put his notebook away." (Miklowitz 69-70). Adam's "power" had influenced the officer to change his approach once he realized who he was talking to. Power can influence in many ways, even if it's through popularity, color, wealth, etc. Power can always be used to influence
Servant leadership is not the only leadership theory that is compatible with the Christian worldview. Others Christian-compatible leadership principles include Transformational Leadership Theory. Northouse (2016) states transformational changes and transforms people. The theory concern with emotions, values, ethics, standards, and goals while assessing followers’ motives, satisfying followers’ needs, and treating members’ as full human beings. Leader-Member Exchange Theory (LMX). This theory makes the dyadic relationship between leaders and followers the focal point of the leadership process. Path-Goal Theory. This approach emphasizes the link between the leader, followers’ behaviors, and that of the organization, making the path clear to promote a satisfying work environment. Authentic Leadership Theory. This approach focuses on the interpersonal process that emerges from the interactions between leaders and followers. Authentic leadership is a reciprocal process because leaders affect members and members influence leaders. Transactional Leadership Theory. This approach emphasizes equitable exchange between the leader and the follower based on honesty and trust.
Power can be translated to the “ability to influence others” (Agunis, Pierce, & Simonsen, 1998, p. 456). Barack Obama has influenced millions in his lifetime by taking the power he desires to have, from being an attorney, moving up to Illinois State Senator, to becoming a US President for two terms. While he was a Senator in 2004 he was invited to speak at the Democratic National Convention. In his Keynote Address, he expressed different bases of power as he spoke. The bases of power, as explained by Agunis, Pierce, and Simonsen, are reward, coercive, legitimate, referent, and expert. Obama especially exercises three of the bases in his speech, as well as powerful talk. Referent power is considered to be the desire to be associated with the speaker, legitimate power is based off
Another example of Lombardi displaying his leadership style was passion. Every time before the game starts, he told his players that you step on the field tell yourself you want the fans and viewers after the game. He also said that after the game, you should able to convince the fans to say that they just watched the best game of NFL football teams (YouTube). Lastly as stated above before Lombardi came to the Green Bay Packers they were the worst team in the National Football. The team was not having successful seasons. Then, when Lombardi came with coach position , Green Bay Packers could have winning season in his first year. The first championship win that Lombardi led the Green Bay Packers to was during his second season in 1960 (YouTube).
“Requiem For A Dream” tells the story of hope slowly and surely decaying in the lives of four distinct individuals, dealing with socialization, alienation, mores and even social class to create the scenarios each person faces. From wanting just happiness, down to desiring a better life, these were all corrupted towards the end. Although it is a film exemplifying poverty and everyday lives of the working poor with goals in life, much more sociological issues arise in the film relating to each and every character: Sara, Harry, Marion, and Tyrone.
Patricia Hill Collins matrix of domination is concerned with the pattern of intersecting systems of oppression orchestrated by the most elite organizations in society. According to Collins, the systems of oppression are organized through four interwoven domains of power; structural, disciplinary, hegemonic, and interpersonal (Patricia Hill Collins: Intersecting Oppressions, n.d.).
They refer to Fielder’s contingency theory, path-goal theory, Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership theory, and Vroom and Yetton’s normative decision model. Each theory is distinctive and different from each other. In the case of McDonald’s, it practices each theory to a certain degree.
Wendy Peterson, Vice - President of sales for Account/back’s Plano, Texas Office had concerns with one of her employees, Fred Wu. Fred Wu has landed one client within the Chinese market, the single largest client of the downtown office. However, there were disagreements between Peterson and Wu on several aspects. Moreover, Fed Wu requested for a personal assistant, which Peterson thought to be unreasonable. This is because only a small number of AccountBack’s most successful sales executive with numerous accounts had assistants of their own. This lead to dissatisfaction of Fred Wu, who decided to leave the organisation. Now, it is left to Peterson whether to cave into Wu’s demands or to fire him or to find an alternative solutions
Power is one of the words that holds great effect. It is defined by Webster (2015) as “the ability to control people or things; a person or organization that has a lot of control and influence over other people or organizations”. In general, a person or organization that holds power has authority over others. Thus, power is conceptualized in the organizational communication by critical theorists. For critical theorists, power is the most important concept when it comes to organizational communication. They view power as a “defining, ubiquitous feature of organizational life” (Miller, 2015: 118). Which means that power defines an organization, individual or a group. There are three approaches that help in understanding the concept of power namely, the traditional approach, the symbological approach and the radical critical approach (Miller, 2015: 118). These approaches are explained fully below. Firstly the traditional approach. According to Miller, (2015: 118) the traditional approach “considers power to be a relative entity that people or group possess”, which means that each and every individual, group or organization have power within them.
Leadership- The ability to influence a group toward the achievement of goals. Management the use of authority inherent in designated formal rank to obtain compliance from organizational members because management positions come with some degree of formally designated authority, a person may assume a leadership role simply because of the position he or she holds in the organization. But not all leaders are manager, nor, for that matter, are all managers’ leaders. Just because an organization provides its managers with certain formal rights is no assurance that they will be able to lead effectively