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University of Maryland
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September 6, 2020
After watching the video and reading about different types of powers, I have come to a
realization that reward is my formal power and referent is my personal power. I believe that
rewarding people is an effective way of motivating them. As Mr. Robinson says, reward power
refers to a leader’s ability to motivate his subordinates by providing incentives for performance
in the form of resources. Given humans’ propensity to respond to incentives, rewards are a very
important motivational tool. There are controversies that term reward as the weakest form of
power because it relies on the concept of do this and get that or if you do this, you will receive
something in return. Reward power can also be used to increase morale. For example, giving a
trophy to the highest performer or the team with the lowest number of mistakes. If used well, this
type of reward can become a highly sought-after status symbol within your organization
(Prescott, 2015). There are typically two forms of reward power: personal and impersonal.
Personal reward power comes when a leader conveys their approval, or lets employees know that
they like or value them. Impersonal reward power, by contrast, is derived from a leader being
able to give promotions, bonuses, formal recognition, better assignments, etc. (Murphy, 2020).