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French and Raven's Five Forms of Power

Understanding Power

French and Raven’s five forms of power came about due to one of the most notable studies on power being conducted by social psychologists John French and Bertram Raven, in 1959.

Anyone is capable of holding power and influencing others: you don’t need to have an important job title or a big office. But if you recognize the different forms of power, you can avoid being influenced by those who use the less effective types of power – and you can focus on developing expert and referent power for yourself. This will help you become an influential and positive leader.

Let’s explore French and Raven’s bases of power according to these sources by watching this short video.

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