Source’s of Authority

The various ways authority is established by design or organically.

There are many different ways authority is established in groups and organizations. These sources of authority or power are important to understand as a manager, or a script writer.

Legitimate: Authority granted as part of a position like a boss or manager.

Expert: Authority can be achieved by being an expert on a topic.

Post-Coercive: Someone with the power to punish has authority.

Post-Reward: Authority can also be achieved through the power to reward.

Referent: Grass-roots authority, or someone who has gained authority through interpersonal relationships.