Is the Manipulation of Information a Misuse of Power?
When conducting training for new leaders, one of the basic concepts we explore is how they obtain and use the different sources of power. There are five basic bases of power; positional (legitimate), reward, punishment (coercive), expert, and referent (respect). Additionally, there are two other forms of power, “connection” power and “information” power. Each of these forms of power can be used in a functional or dysfunctional way. What determines if it is functional or d