HR Question: Best use of Power? Referent, Formal, Expert, Penalty

You just joined organization as project lead and your main job on current project is to gain the cooperation of stakeholders. What is the best form of power for gaining cooperation under these circumstances?

A. Referent
B. Formal
C. Expert
D. Penalty

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Answer: B

The best form of power are Reward or Expert. Reward is not choice, and you are new organization so you do not have history in organization go gain “expert” status. In given situation “Formal” is only logical choice.

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I agree with answer it should be Formal.


It is not required to select 'expert' power though it is best in every situation.