Influence vs Power
实力和影响力are two terms between which a number of differences can be identified. Both Power and influence are attributes that we come across very early in our lives. You must have heard interviews of celebrities where they talk about the person who held the greatest influence on their lives. Surprisingly, for a vast majority, the person having the greatest influence turns out to be either father or mother. But fathers or mothers are certainly not very powerful, are they? This means that power and influence are separate entities contrary to common perception. Though many a times it looks like the person withauthorityis influential because of his power, but often it is vice versa. There are differences between power and influence though their ultimate purpose or objective is the same, and that is to control others or to get them to do things you want them to do. This article attempts to highlight the differences between the two terms while elucidating each term.
What is Influence?
Influence can be defined as the ability to create an impact on the beliefs and actions of an individual. Influence evokes respect. Unlike Power, influence contains such a magic that those under the influence keep working in the desired manner even in the absence of the influential person. Influence is a desirabletraitin any leader. No secretary of state has been more powerful than Dick Chaney in US. This was because of the influence he had over the then President George Bush.圣雄甘地was the most influential personality ever to have breathed in India. All the power, he had, was derived from his influence. He had no post, no power from the top. He had hundreds of thousands of followers who were ready to die for his cause or obeyed him blindly. This highlights that Influence is a very powerful quality.
电源可以定义为authorityto get something done through an individual. This usually evokesfear。权力和影响都可以用来实现特定目标，例如完成任务。但是，由于权力通常与恐惧有关，因此任务倾向于完成不良的趋势。特别是，当使用权力的人不存在时，工作质量就会下降。电源是从顶部强加的bossasks you to do a job. You do it in time and the manner that your boss has asked you to do, but you do it more out of fear than any love or respect for him. You do the job because it is your duty, and you are fearful that you might get reported if you do not complete the job. Some people are powerful because of their influence. However, most derive their power from the post they have got. In the modern society, we see people abuse their power merely to get things done. This abuse of power is not onlyimmoral, but also harms the entire society. What leaders need to cultivate is to accumulate both power and influence, and learn to use both judiciously and appropriately. They must realize that misapplication of either can result in the loss of both.
- Kids are greatly influenced by their parents and their early teachers. Though teachers have the power, parents do not have the power that itself differentiates between power and influence.
- Someone new to the job feels the power of his boss and is fearful and does all the tasks out of fear. It is when he comes under the influence of the boss that his productivity increases further.
- Result of both power and influence is control over others. However, leaders must have both powers as well as control, and they must learn to use each judiciously.
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