One of the most important things I learned from this class is about the personal power. The most essential kind of leadership power is personal power. Someone is capable in getting people to work because of their experience, knowledge, charisma, or access to information when he or she uses his or her personal power. I personally also more and more realize that the good leaders believed to be the most influential are actually the people who work their personal power, but not people who just rely on the power of the job title. We can see that influence usually comes when a person exercises the power of who they are as a person. As time goes on, the “who you are” will impact your daily actions, which is how you want to treat other people, especially when you think that nobody is actually looking. People’s traits such as honesty, fairness, and compassion are able to help people build up a leader’s personal power.I used to believe that for managers, on one hand, since most of them are achievement-motivated who focus on their personal improvement, they would like to do the work by themselves. On the other hand, like other employees, they also hope to get some short-term feedback on their work performance or evaluation, and then they can let other people understand which jobs they have completed and how good they are doing their jobs. However, based on my observation, I found managers in large or company, instead of performing all the tasks by themselves, they need to have others such as their subordinates to work together for the company. As a result of that, those managers need to do their jobs without getting some personal and immediate feedback because tasks have been assigned to a lot of employees. For example, for a senior project manager in my company, it seems like his job is to focus on more finding project staffs who are able to or know how to persuade or influence other employees not those who just can do things better alone by themselves at the corner of the office. I would say that is absolutely right after taking this class. So as an employee I can realize that a professional leader or company top manager here usually possess a real high need for power instead of focusing on getting the achievement, which is very important to their management work. Of course, that need has to be controlled, so it can be directed to the whole company’s benefit.It is not difficult for me to understand now that as the most effective managers, they are able to develop one of the most important skills that is to persuade and influence people all the time to help them get the things done or the things they want. I am not a manager but I can learn from them about how to persuade and influence people by the daily communication with people, how they can improve their personal power, and how they are able to get the things they want faster than anything else they do. The managers can make use this ability to guarantee their progress and let them to use all of their other abilities at the high level. Well understanding how to persuade people also brings the managers the respect of the bosses, other employees, friends, and clients. They more and more become the very important people in the company, and they can then make use of the ability better and better. It is easy for the employees to notice that those managers’ job become more excellent at influencing and motivating other people to provide the support to them in the achievement of their project objectives and the solving of their problems in that project, and the boss and coworkers become more and more trust them. Influencing others looks like a kind of art, and the effective people are able to master that to get others to work with, and at the same time to improve the personal power which can help better influence others. Considering the personal power, the difference between being powerful and being powerless can result the difference between being influential and having little or maybe no influence at all on the other people’s behaviors. After knowing some basis of organizational human behavior, I become more aware that even some simple human interaction can involve a complex process or combination of persuasion and influence. In a company or even a small group, people can either persuade other people to get help, or people could be persuaded to help the others. I understand that for most of the employees, they are often the ones that will be persuaded to help others, mostly for their managers.Outside the class I also tried to recall how the communication usually goes between those senior managers and me or the communication between the manager and the other employees in a group in my company, and I start viewing those successful people with personal power as the persuasion experts. Like some senior manager in my company again, they may spend much time thinking about how they can get other people to help them. It is mentioned a lot in class that an individual’s action is motivated by something. If persuasion is an art, the most important factor to this art is motivation. For most of the time, the managers would like to find out what can really motivate the other people, and the managers will try to provide them that necessary motivation, such as the desire for gain to want more money, respect, success, happiness and health. This is the key to persuade people successfully. I also found they plan and strategize very carefully before they start acting even for the task assignment. They obviously have very clear definition of their goals, and then they are also clear about choosing which people to choose to have their cooperation to achieve those goals.