Structural Power

Under-estimating the depth and forces of structural power that are present to maintain the status quo. This is associated with a perceived fear of being powerless; however, in resisting and subverting the status quo, you can exercise power

"...how one finds enough power to act and to do leadership differently seems.......central. Most leaders find that, to achieve change, they cannot rely on the formal authority that may come with the role. Additional sources of power and influence, including personal charisma and strengths in communication, networks or contacts, professional credibility, and so on must be called upon...."

Amanda Sinclair, 2007

Furthermore many managers feel powerless to act, or lead, differently without unreasonable risk to their professional status. Many feel powerless to manage the important matters in their lives or to be able to spend enough time on things that matter most to them. Sometimes silence and compliance with the status quo of power relations or institutional power is safer.

"...marginalization and domination arise not so much through individual personal relations but through often-invisible processes in hand in structural conditions..."

Amanda Sinclair, 2007

 

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