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  • By: David G. Winter
  • In: Encyclopedia of Leadership
  • Edited by: George R. Goethals, Georgia J. Sorenson & James MacGregor Burns
  • Subject:Leadership

Coercion is the use or threatened use of physical or psychological force (especially punishment) to get one's way and to affect the behavior and/or emotions of others. In everyday language, coercion is “naked power.” The targets of coercive power “respect it ...

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