Lesson 9: Power, Politics & OD

Lesson 9: Power, Politics & OD

Power defined . . .  The intentional influence over beliefs, emotions and behaviors of people. o Potential power is the capacity to do so o Kinetic power is the at of doing so  One person exerts power over another to the degree that he is able to exact compliance as desired  “A” has power over “B” to the extent that “A” can get “B” to do something that “B” would otherwise not do.  The ability of those who possess power to bring about the outcomes they desire.  The capacity to effect (or affect) organizational outcomes  “Pouvoir” from the French stands for both the noun “power” and the verb “to be able”



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