Material for 45-minute lecture, self-assessment and open discussion, part of the Contemporary Management Training course for Kosovo Police Officers, developed by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Power within teams or individuals within teams needs to be carefully controlled. Power is often termed as the use of force or ability to apply force. In team management it is different - it is about what factors that give an individual or a group power to influence others.
Often elements of power, as long as they are positive, are an important aspect of work and group dynamics. However, where the power is applied for a negative purpose it undermines team activities; creates barriers within teams and between individuals as well as damaging image and perceived effectiveness of the manager from within the team and from an oversight purpose by the manager’s managers.
This session will look at the difference between power, authority and influence to understand what the subtle differences are , as well as looking at the reasons people comply with power / influence.
We will also look at the five bases of power and how they can be controlled effectively from an individual basis as well as the wide reaching approaches used within organisations e.g. coercive power, utilitarian power and normative power.
Politics with a small ‘p’ occurs to a certain extend in mot interactions with individuals vying for gain through certain ‘tactics’ The session will look briefly at some of the more visible attempts through Political Tactics and Organizational Politics.
Finally, the concept of types of groups including the phenomenon of ‘Group Think’.
The purpose of this lesson is to examine the use of power within teams and how managers need to monitor, control and direct activity and behaviour to ensure power is not negatively applied.
After this block of instruction the participants will be able to: