The bases of power in Leadership

The two popular bases of power in leadership are Position Power and Personal power. Position power includes legitimate, reward and coercive. Personal power includes referent and expert. Position power is when someone derives power from a rank or a position in the organization, like Vice President or General Manager. Personal power is power derived by a person who is likable and knowledgeable or a person who is a subject matter expert and highly respected for his subject knowledge. Some leaders have one of these power bases and some others have a combination of both the bases.