Leadership and Coercion

Leadership and Coercion
Coercive power is one of the specific kinds of power available to leaders. Coercion involves the use of force to effect change.
To coerce means to influence others to do something against their will and may include manipulating penalties and rewards in their work environment. Coercion often involves the use of threats, punishment, and negative reward schedules.
Leadership is reserved for those who influence a group of individuals toward a common goal. Coercive people are not used as models of ideal leadership.
Leaders who use coercion are interested in their own goals and seldom are interested in the wants and needs of subordinates. Using coercion runs counter to working with followers to achieve a common goal.

Source: Leadership: theory and practice/ Peter G. Northouse – 6th edition 2013


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