Definition of Referent Power

Referent power is defined as the capability of a leader to inspire his workers, peers or follower to act like him. Leaders with this power mold their behavior over some time which they want in their followers. In organizations, managers or leaders act in a certain manner to create an influence on their subordinates to act just like them.


They become a reference point for the employees and employees think, mimic, and act just like them in a situation where they believe their leader would act in a certain manner. In simple words, these leaders lead by example.

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