Anonymous's picture

Formal v Informal Authority by Gordon Tredgold

People often ask me whats the difference between formal and informal authority and which do I feel is more important.

Whenever someone is promoted to a Leadership position, there usually a formal level of authority which comes with the role. So this authority is usually given by someone senior, so it invariably comes from above.

Koen Marichal's picture

The Future Leadership Initiative

Evidence based and theory grounded opinions and reflections in Dutch & English for improving the capacity of persons, teams and organizations to lead.

Jim Taggart's picture

Are You Worthy of Being a Leader?

Are you into power?

Does holding authority over others give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction?

Before you answer these two questions take a moment to reflect. Be honest with yourself.

Jim Taggart's picture

Power With Vs. Power Over: Where Do YOU Stand?

PowerDo you like to be told what to do, to be given orders without being allowed the opportunity to contribute your ideas?


Phil Dourado's picture

How to Lead When You're Not the Boss

In flatter hierarchies, people may be leading cross-departmental project teams at certain times, though their organizational structure gives them no formal authority.

Damian Benghiat's picture

How to lead without formal authority?

Hi everyone,

I'm struggling my head trying to find the right way to mobilize a group of people.

First some conext: I'm working on a complex technology company, our organizational structure is a multi-dimensional matrix. There're some common horizontal areas of knowledge and some vertical ones.