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Jesse Laintz
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Do You Have to hold a Title to Take a Leadership Position?
No one needs to hold a title to be a leader, but it does help. The ‘help part’ has a lot to do with authority and power. A person who holds the title of a leader has legitimate, reward, and coercive power over a person. In other words, they have the position by title which the job requires we obey, and they can give awards and punishment. The leader that has these three abilities could be missing the referent to lead. Referent refers to the qualities that are desired by others. These can be leaders with the title, but this power can also be the leaders without the title. When operators are placed in a situation where their lives are in danger they will no longer care about reward or punishment they will look towards the leader that they want to follow not that they have to.