Industrial psychologists would tell you that Power and Authority play a significant role on being an effective leader. I’m going to share with you what it means to have expert power and how it benefits you when you’re kicking-off an initiative with a new project team.
There are 5 basis of power that exists in building work relationships are
- Legitimate (or Positional) Power
- Referent Power
- Expert Power
- Reward Power, and
- Coercive Power.
For our purposes, I’m going to focus on Expert Power. Expert power means that your power is derived from the skills or expertise you have. So the fact that you are a Project Manager specializing in outsourcing, systems implementation, construction, etc, means that your expertise affords you to be seen as an expert in that area.
Why is this important?