Leadership: Authority vs. Influence


The premise of the latest orange paper stems from a single, crazy idea: the most influential leaders are those who gain followers without using positional authority.

The power derived from one’s position in the hierarchy, while still the most commonly used, is simply no longer an effective way to lead a team, department, or company. And if we’re being totally honest, it hasn’t been for years.

What is influential authority? Influential authority doesn’t communicate, it over-communicates. It doesn’t dictate, it collaborates. It means people follow you because they believe in your ideas. Because influential authority only works when your team trusts you. And most importantly, when you trust them.

Download this orange paper and learn why influential authority is the future of leadership, along with the steps it takes to create the kind of culture necessary to lead through influence.

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