Illusion of Control: Theoretical Perspective on Power-Dependence Relationships

  •  Cody Chullen    
  •  William Rowe    
  •  James Zemanek, Jr.    


One of the key arguments presented in this paper is how the leadership literature has insufficiently addressed power. It has implicitly treated power as though it were permanently embedded within the context of organizational hierarchy rather than being a characteristic of the individuals in the social relationship. An examination of leadership and power in a rotational leadership design is provided along with an alternate framework for conceptualizing power through the Leadership Distortion Model.

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