Leadership and power

The ability to recognise and harness the sources of power in a group is a key feature of a good leader, as power is an inherent part of leadership. It is important to understand that:

  • effective leadership usually requires the effective use of power
  • the use of power attracts to the user the responsibility for the consequences.

All members of a group have power of one sort or another and any member may use available power at almost any time.