This 5 page paper discusses the relationship between power and communication in organizations. The essay begins with a description of a new employee who gained power quickly as a result of her communication expertise. The writer defines 'power' and explains that power is a component in all communication interactions. The writer also explains that a person with power communicates differently. Mention of Senge's interdependencies is included. bibliography lists 9 sources.
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there were a staff of writers. Darlene gained a reputation as an excellent writer wherein the audiences of the reports would be able to understand the information that was being
transmitted. Her ability and expertise as an audit writer gained her influence and power in the organization because she was capable of demonstrating to superiors the reasons her reports should
not be edited or changed. She was also able to change the way in which different levels in the hierarchy interacted and she changed the process for writing audit reports.
These major steps were accomplished in the span of about two months. Darlene not only gained control over the project she was assigned to, she gained power in the agency
as an expert to whom people looked for advice (Katz, 1998). The scenario just presented is a true case study that demonstrates the relationship between power and expertise and in
this case, rhetorical expertise. Darlene used her communication skills, both verbal and written, to gain power in a hierarchical government agency. Expert power has been described in the literature for
many years as the power one gains as a result of their knowledge and, in particular, their expertise in an area. Defining power is critical to the discussion of power
because it has so many meanings and it becomes entwined in discussions of influence and authority. The definition of power that is the basis for this discussion is: the capacity
to mobilize people and resources to get things done" (Katz, 1998). Katz is citing Kanters definition (Katz, 1998) but it is useful for this essay. In organizational and leadership theory,
five types of power have been identified: 1.) referent power; 2.) expert power; 3.) legitimate power, 4.) coercive power; and 5.) reward power (Baruch, 1998). Coercive and reward power usually