Often we dream of being “the boss” and having the authority to make any changes we like. The reality of our workplaces is much different.
So much of leadership is about influencing and building rapport with your team and other managers, and formal authority really only gets you part of the way.
Being the boss gets your team to listen to you, but they won’t willingly follow your lead unless you build rapport, respect and credibility as well.
In this episode I talk about formal authority and some of the problems it doesn’t solve, and then give some ideas on how you can improve your leadership without relying on formal authority so much.