Definition of Coercive Power

Coercive power is the ability to manage people with strict threats of punishment to follow certain guidelines or orders. The managers who use coercive power having forceful or compelling behavior to manage their employees. They often failed to inspire their colleagues.


Example of Coercive Power:

Manager threatens the employee who is coming late on work with pay deduction, demotion, withhold rewards, write-ups, or termination in the worst case.

There are 2 types of coercive power leaders - direct and indirect coercive power leaders. Direct power means the manager directly threatens the employee for punishment while indirect power means the employee perceives the threats based on past experiences or organizational culture despite being accurately proven or not.

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