MVP: Legitimate power comes with the position.
To be a leader is to wield power.
Don’t let it go to your head! 😉
Seriously, if leadership is influence (quoting John Maxwell), using power is the way we influence people.
However, all forms of power are not created equally.
We will begin this week’s exploration of power with the “default” form we generally think about – legitimate power.
Legitimate power is power that comes with a position. It is hierarchical, meaning it is wielded by someone who has formal authority over another.
Principals to teachers, teachers to students, CEOs to everyone else, each of these examples refers to someone “above” someone else.
We follow leaders with legitimate authority because it is part of the bargain we accept when we join an organization.
Legitimate power is handy as it gets you in the door, but if we only ever rely on legitimate power, we are limiting ourselves.
Legitimate power achieves compliance, but not much more.
Today’s intention: Think about all the bosses you’ve had. Were there any you worked extra hard for? If so, what was the difference between them and other more average leaders?