There are different ways from which a leader’s authority may emanate from. Power and authority are of course essential. But in many cases, it is the sheer expertise the person brings, that is valued by all, naturally putting the person at a pedestal. One thing all leaders ought to possess, is the trust factor. For that, first one needs a sense of legitimacy via the formal authority. Next up, he/ she has to be competent in one’s work. The motives need to be clearly set out. This could be either formally via the official corporate strategy, or informally using direct communication, while addressing the people. The means to the ladder of success are also important, as unethical means must never be used by those seeking to build trust. Finally, people will look at the impact caused.


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