ERIC Number: ED321723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Power: An Administrator's Guide along the Corridors of Arrogance.
Marshall, William J. A.
AAUA-ERIC Administrators Update, v7 n1-3 Jul 1990
University administrators must realize that past management styles they used to acquire their positions of campus power often become the future incarnations of their failure as administrators. The conundrum of power is that the less power a leader grants to people, the less powerful the leader becomes in the eyes of the people. Individuals have a need for power though they tend to deny the need's existence; acknowledgement of the power motive must precede any mastery of the conundrum making up the power-complex of leadership. Power has multiple descriptions as leaders utilize several power bases, including raw power, person power, legitimate power, coercion power, reward power, expert power, information power, and referent power. Power's scope and scale can be configured as a representation of x-axis and y-axis intercepts. The scope of power refers to the purpose or motive for which it is being employed, ranging from low to high congruence of one individual's motives with another individual's needs. The scale of power gauges the degree to which the resources of a position are brought to bear on the followers as the leader attempts to carry out his or her power motive. Includes 59 references. (JDD)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Role, Administrators, College Administration, Higher Education, Individual Power, Interpersonal Relationship, Power Structure
American Association of University Administrators, P.O. Box 6221, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; American Association of Univ. Administrators, Washington, DC.