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Leadership: Authority vs. Influence

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST / 7:00 PM GMT

How should leaders lead? Everyone seems to have a theory, but none of them really challenge the basic assumption of leadership: that leaders need positional authority to lead.

While the old school of thought says leaders should be authoritarian and know all the answers, the new school says that they should be collaborative and quick to embrace change. It all revolves around the not-so-crazy idea that the most influential leaders are the ones who can get people to follow them—without positional authority.

It’s not as simple as flicking a switch, of course. Before chasing influential authority, leaders must first build a culture of trust and learn to sow ownership among their team members. Both of which requires tactical changes like team-based measurements, transparent communication, and exposing team members to user’s lives at a personal level.

Join Niel Nickolaisen, Chief Technology Officer of O.C. Tanner, on November 16, 2016 as he discusses influential authority vs. positional authority and more in a free, HRCI-accredited webinar.

Join us to learn:

• The difference between positional authority and influential authority, and how choosing the latter can make you a better leader

• The importance (and function) of the Trust/Ownership model and the Macro Leadership cube

• Real-world methods of building trust, growing ownership, connecting people to purpose with the goal of creating a culture of greatness that’s contagious 


About Niel

As the Chief Technology Officer of O.C. Tanner, Niel Nickolaisen has a passion for the development and delivery of innovative technology, as well as the development of teams and their leaders. To hear him tell it, there’s nothing he loves more than seeing teams grow and succeed. Every day, Niel leads the development of market-leading products, compassionate customer support, and the invention of new tools that help our global clients gain insight into recognizing and engaging their employees. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. and bachelor’s degree in physics from Utah State University.


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