Give authority away to gain authority?
Dan Rockwell is the Leadership Freak (@leadershipfreak) on Twitter. He also writes a blog by the same name. His article “The truth about gaining authority” offers an interesting perspective: “Those who cling to authority loose it. Those who give away authority gain it.”
He recommends using delegation to give subordinates authority. However, he does offer this… “Warning: giving authority away must express confidence in others. It can’t be an act of neglect on your part.” There are some other suggestions in the article.
- Do you agree that authority should be given away?
- What is to keep your subordinates (to whom you give authority) from using that authority to undermine you?
- What are some other “got ya’s” that you see?