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Power and Influence in the Workplace

Explore the relationships between leadership, power and influence in an organisational context.

Power and Influence in the Workplace
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

Understand whether power and leadership are co-dependent or independent

This course will introduce you to the key differences and similarities between power and influence and its effect upon leadership, employee and organisational performance.

You will be introduced to key theories that explain the concept of power, whether designated or socially constructed, and assess its effect on leadership behaviours.

The course will guide you towards evaluating the cost on performance of the misuse of power and influence at an individual and organisational level.

What topics will you cover?

  • Understand key theories of power and influence
  • Recognise that power is dynamic; designated, acquired or socially constructed and easily lost
  • Summarise the effect of influence and resistance within organisational settings
  • Understand the effects of power and influence on individual, team and organisational performance
  • Evaluate the effect of perceptions of power on behaviour
  • Analyse the effect of the misuse of power on performance

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe similarities and differences between power, authority and influence
  • Evaluate key theories that attempt to explain power and influence strategies within organisational contexts
  • Assess positive and negative outcomes of power influence and coercion in the workplace
  • Summarise the relationship between influence and organisational commitment, compliance and resistance
  • Explain if power is necessary for effective leadship
  • Evaluate subjective and objective measurements of power leadership and their effects

Who is the course for?

This course is for people seeking a better understanding of leadership, power and influence in an organisational context who want to understand how it effects ourselves, others and organisational performance.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Assistant Professor in Business and Occupational Psychology at Coventry University. Lisa Burman - MSc, FHEA, PGDip.
Qualified Psychometric Test User.

Assistant Professor in Business and Organisational Psychology at Coventry University,
Dr Anne Turner - PhD, FHEA, CPsychol, BSc (Hons)
Research Interests Inc: Enclothed Cognition, remote e-workers

PhD Psychology, MSc Occupational & Organizational Psychology, BSc Psychology, MBPsS.
Associate Lecturer in Occupational and Business Psychology at Coventry University. Qualified Psychometric Test User

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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