Introduction to Leading Without Authority

What is “Leading Without Authority”? 

Not all great leaders have official titles or positions. People follow them because they are effective at influencing others through their attitudes, actions and effective communication. As organizations have become less hierarchical, more networked and matrixed, more attention is being paid to how to lead without authority.   “The goal of leading without authority is to get others to follow you and act willingly, rather than acting because you’re their boss and tell them to. In a sense, influencing without authority is about selling: you need to sell others on your ideas and why they should be a part of your action plan.”

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Moving Beyond the Conflict

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Conflict hurts, and people respond to pain in three stages: “Denial” – In this stage, people deny they have a problem. They try to maintain the status quo. They are not ready to negotiate, and [...]

The Social Style Model

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Different social or communication styles cause interpersonal problems, especially because these styles are deeply rooted in personality and culture. Communication styles have two dimensions: Assertiveness – “Ask-assertive” people are indirect about getting what they want, [...]

The Dimensions of Conflict

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People come into conflict over the way they think, feel and act. Each dimension responds to these different techniques: Address clashes about ideas by introducing new data, reinterpreting existing data or reframing the information. Address [...]

The Dynamics of Trust

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“Trust” means “having positive expectations about another’s motives and intentions,” in the face of “potential risk.” When people are hurt or in conflict, they do not trust one another; yet trust is necessary for conflict [...]

Interests, Rights, and Power

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Interests, Rights, and Power is a model not of conflicts themselves, but of conflict-resolution processes, which the model categorizes into three types: Interest-based processes – These focus on the needs and wants of the parties [...]

The Boundary Model 

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Boundaries can be physical, behavioral, or social. They share four characteristics: They define standards of behavior – A highway speed limit establishes a behavior to which all drivers must conform. They have legitimacy – A [...]