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Referent Power and How to Use It in the Workplace

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What Is Referent Power and How Do You Get It?

There are many types of leaders, but the referent leader is often considered to be the most powerful and effective in managing people.

Leaders who have referent power are well-liked, respected and trusted, with the right personal qualities to be seen as a role model and someone to look up to.

Referent power is a leadership type that was first acknowledged by John French and Bertram Raven in 1959. In their research, they identified five bases of social power.

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