Power and Leadership Dynamics
This week’s content discussed some of the types of power that leaders yield, and the difference between transformational and transactional leadership. Consider and comment on the following questions:
Our school has a very large military student demographic. Consider the dynamic of legitimate power at work in the military. Do you think that legitimate power is a less-deserved or less-earnest power than some of the others discussed in the content? Is the predominance of legitimate power necessary to a military hierarchy? Why or why not?
On the subject of transformational leadership, how do you think followers can strike a healthy balance between credulity (in being manipulated by the charisma of a talented orator), and cynicism (in being overly-skeptical about the sincerity of a leader’s words and actions)?