Competency 317.1.5: Leadership – The graduate can analyze leadership theories, methods, and tools in given situations and select the appropriate behavior of the leader.

Objective 317.1.5-10: Identify the five bases or sources of power within a given organization.

Objective 317.1.5-11: Define the relationship between power and dependency in an organizational setting.



Corporation A was founded in 1989 and focuses on creating marketing programs for the real estate industry. The corporate mission of Corporation A is to help clients improve their real estate sales. The Corporation A team is comprised of professionals with varied backgrounds and experience levels. The company prides itself on fostering a team environment throughout the organization.

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Employee 1 has worked in the marketing department at Corporation A for 12 years. In the marketing department, employees who earn a superior rating on their yearly performance evaluation receive a large bonus at the end of the year. Employee 1 often comes into the office on weekends or stays late to ensure the work is complete and accurate. The marketing manager encourages employees to work beyond the requisite 40 hours a week by reminding them of the yearly bonus for receiving a superior rating on their next evaluation. Employee 1 is planning to use the bonus for a well-deserved vacation that would be unaffordable without the bonus.


Employee 2 is the only certified public accountant (CPA) in the accounting department at Corporation A. Employee 2 has negotiated with the accounting manager to work a four-day work week and is the only person in that department allowed to work a compressed work week. The accounting manager agreed to the shortened work week because Employee 2 is the only employee who can prepare the company’s financial statements.


Employee 3 works in the sales department at Corporation A. Employee 3 has only been with Corporation A for a little over a year, whereas most employees in the sales department have been with the company for three years or more. Employee 3 is well liked, very charismatic, and positive, and people seem to be naturally drawn to Employee 3’s personality. During a recent sales meeting, Employee 3 pitched a new idea to increase sales. At first, the other team members were unsure if the idea would fit with the corporate culture. By the end of the sales pitch, the entire department was excited about the new program and eager to work on the project. Despite Employee 3’s short tenure at Corporation A and lack of team lead experience, Employee 3 was selected to lead the team on this project based on the enthusiasm and admiration received from colleagues.



Write a brief essay (suggested length of 2–4 pages) in which you:


A.  Describe each of the five bases of power demonstrated in the given scenario.

1.  Use examples from the scenario to support your answer.


B.  Describe the way in which power and dependence are correlated to one another (i.e. the relationship between dependence and power).

1.  Use examples from the relationships in the scenario to support your answer.


C.  When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

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