A look at authority and influence in leadership and why one of these is more critical than the other to succeed at leadership in today’s organizations.
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There are times, Tanveer Naseer observes, when “we choose either to rely on our authority or on our influence to guide our team or organization.” Though directed at a team lead or CEO, these same choices present themselves to anyone working with people – a parent, a teacher, a law enforcement officer.
Is one choice better? Naseer’s experience, along with research in the field, concludes that “…while we want to show authority, it’s our influence that encourages people to believe in us.” It seems that choosing authority puts the focus on ourselves and choosing influence puts the focus on others.
Naseer notes that leaders “by default do operate with some form of authority…Where problems arise is when we think that all a person needs to lead others is a sense of authority without any consideration for the impact our actions have on those we have the responsibility to lead.”
Recent neuroscience studies concluded that “the relationship between power and perspective-taking is inversely correlated…the more power we have, the less effort we make to seek out and understand the perspective of others…when we focus on our own accomplishments or responsibilities, we end up significantly reducing our perspective taking…So what these findings prove is that when we lead only by authority, our focus is only on ourselves and not on how to empower others.”
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