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10 Types of Psychological Power That Every Leader Needs

Leaders need to have a host of skills and abilities: charisma, intelligence, wisdom, etc.

By BingBingMoneyPublished 2 years ago 6 min read

In this blog post, we will be discussing the 10 types of psychological power that every leader needs to lead in a personal and professional manner. We will explore the different types of power and how each one is important to a personality.

1. Self Concept Power

The self concept power is important because it helps us maintain healthy relationships with ourselves as well as others. It allows us to have an accurate view of who we are, what our strengths are, what remain weaknesses are, and so forth. For example, if you have low self concept power then you tend to feel empty or insecure which leads you to rely more on external validation friends, family. On the other hand, people with high self concept power are more likely to depend on their inner guidance which helps them make decisions.

2. Reward Power

Reward power is important because it motivates others to work harder, achieve more, and exceed their own expectations. It gives others the desire to want to work harder at something they wouldn’t have otherwise done without the reward of a positive outcome. For example, showing someone something they like can attract them even if it is not necessary. However, this is a double edged sword because people tend to become less motivated if rewards are not given or taken away based on performance leading many people to lose interest.

3. Coaching Power

Coaching power is important because it helps others to realize their potential and self actualize. It allows leaders to understand what people can do, how they feel, and what they need. It gives them the ability to help others become their personal best by understanding their personality, strengths, weaknesses and so forth. For example, a coach can help an athlete realize their personal potential by pointing out what things they need in order to achieve greater success.

4. Authority Power

Authority power is important because it allows us to be respected and valued by others. It allows people to willingly follow what we are doing, who we are and what we have to say. This is because it is easier to follow the leader that knows more than those they are leading. For example, if you had someone try and take down a leader who was in charge of something you would likely stand with the leader because he or she has more experience or a better understanding.

5. Information Power

Information power is important because it allows us to give others information about something and make them believe as if it does not matter how much of it there is or how much time was put into making that information. For example, if you are promoting a product or idea to someone and they ask questions, the more information you give the more likely they are to believe what you are saying because you have provided them with more information even if they need it.

6. Market Power

Market power is important because it allows individuals or groups to control the sale of products or ideas that they have created. The benefit of this is that it allows them to make more money which can help them achieve their goals. For example, say an individual creates and sells a new product line. They do so by having the ability to use that product and sell it for a much lower price than another company does with the same product in their store.

7. Government Power

Government power is important because it allows us to get what we want legally, legally and in a peaceful manner. It gives leaders the ability to make decisions and rules that are fair and helpful to everyone else. This can be done by having the support of those that help us to govern over others such as local governments, state governments or national governments. This helps gain political support for the goals that we want to achieve. For example, if you wanted to create new laws or policies then you would need a government to make those laws or policies.

8. Closure Power

Closure power is important because it helps others let go of negative emotions without feeling too much guilt about it. This happens because they have some closure on the negative experience without internalizing their feeling of guilt. For example, if you are upset about something to someone and then the person says and does is not supportive, angry or mean towards you in anyway and then leaves, you might let your feelings go even though you still feel bad about it because of their not being angry or mean towards you.

9. Competence Power

Competence power is important because it helps others feel good about themselves as a person with certain skills. This is important because it allows them to see themselves as being capable which can help them work harder at a task when they have self confidence and high self concept power. For example, if you are a salesperson and perform well, then others will see that you have the skills to sell and might take more time to find another salesperson.

10. Control Power

Control power is important because it allows us to not only get things done and accomplish tasks but also how we do them or who we do them with. This is because it allows us to choose when who we want others to follow or not follow in our life. This can be helpful for many reasons such as by taking care of family, friends, marital partners or colleagues. For example, if you work with someone and they are slower than you then you could get others to do things the way you want them to be done without having to compromise your own plans goals.


As you can see, there are many different types of power depending on which one you are looking at. These definitions help us to understand the different ways we can use power and why it works. For example, some actions are better than others because they allow us to make changes in a person or group of people that we want to.

This is because power is used in order to motivate others towards desired outcomes as well as punish others who do not follow what we want them to do be. It allows us to achieve our goals by being persuasive and persuasive people get things done by convincing others how they should act and think or what they should do.


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