Power could be defined in many ways. In simple terms power could be defined as ability to act or produce an effect. The four sources of power mentioned in the textbook are: power based on Position, Personal, Relational, Contextual and Information factors. Below are some explanations on power and some examples of personalities having those kinds of powers.
Donald Trump: Donald Trump, the president of United States is the best example of a person who has shown both personal power and positional power.
His wealth gives him the authority to execute personal power and his position as president of the Unites States gives him to authority to show positional power. Best example where trump has used his personal power is during the election campaign where he outweighed all the acquisitions made against him. Examples of his positional power are many. Various incidents such as Russia’s interventions in elections, gun control measures, tax bill, skill-based immigration, a trade war with China, UK and North Korea etc.
show his power towards influencing people with his positional power.
Gianni Infantino: The power exercised by Gianni is Relationship-based Power. With the association he has with the others, he succeeded to be the leader of FIFA. He makes sure that people who have elected him mare included and made a part of all his decisions.
Mark Zuckerberg: The type of power influenced by the CEO of Facebook is informational power. Recently Mark Zuckerberg had to attend the court based on the allegations of misusing the information power to support the presidential elections for congress by invading people’s privacy by sharing their personal information, preferences, and thoughts.
Recently, Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress answering a suit of questions which when more than 48 hours. This was believed to have done to influence people’s decision making.
Vladimir Putin: The type of power exercised by the president of Russia is positional power. Russia plays a vital role in driving the world economy and Putin has used his positional power to influence the decision makers a lot of times. The recent attack on Syria is a clear example where Putin has exercised his power to plan an attack on Syrian soil along with US, France and UK.
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