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Team Leadership: 20 Proven Tools for Success by Glenn Parker

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LEADING

BY INFLUENCE

In many situations, the team leader has little or no power over team members. Leaders often lack the authority that usually comes with a position (for example, manager, director, coach). It is called positional power because you assume authority over the members as a result of holding a position of leadership.

As a result, many team leaders, especially project team leaders, must use their influence and communications skills as well as their knowledge of the business and industry to get things done.

Here are alternative sources of power for a team leader:

1.   Connectional power. This is the ability of a leader to influence others based on his or her connection or relationship to respected or traditional sources of power. ...

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