Two Faces of Power Proposed by David McClelland

There are two faces of power. These two faces of power have been proposed by David McClelland. By using these two faces a powerful manager or leader does many things and gets many things done by other people.

But both the faces do not bring the same result. However, these two faces of power are briefly discussed in the following paragraphs.

Two faces of power

Two Faces of Power Proposed by David McClelland

Two Faces of Power Proposed by David McClelland

  1. Positive face of power: The positive face of power is characterized by a socialized need to initiate, in fleece and lead, this face of power enables other people to achieve their goals as well as lets the person practicing power to achieve the goals positive face of power, in most of the cases, gives benefit to both the organization and people. Everybody expects the positive use of powered from the person who enjoys that manager, who uses power in a positive mood, is adored by everybody even the man who has been aggrieved or not benefited at all.
  2. Negative face of power: This face of power is just opposite to the first out the i.e. positive face of power, this face of power is characterized by a primitive, un-socialized need to dominate others. It is corrective in nature. It may create threats to the people. It may sometimes be used for vindictive purposes. This power seeks to control others and make them loyal t the order of that manager due to fear of hamper rate cutting and even lose of jobs in private organization of Bangladesh. These types of power may be hereditary or earned for same reason.

In simple parlance, we can say that positive face of power seeks to employer self and others and do not want to hear anybody. On the other hand, the negative face of powered seeks to control and dominate people. Positive face of power is prevalent almost in organizations while the negative face of power is hated by everybody.

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2 comments for “Two Faces of Power Proposed by David McClelland

  1. Marc Wallace
    October 30, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    How might I get a copy of the book on this?

    • rasel
      November 1, 2016 at 6:26 AM

      This is not that large topic. Whatever you may find this topic on that book which is written on organization behavior.

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