MVP: Hierarchical leaders receive legitimate power form the organization
I was once in an organization where a new leader came in, prioritized pet projects, reorganized the entire organization, eliminated units, and in the process set colleagues against each other. I hope you have never been in an organization in which a new leader came in and just blew stuff up, either for their own benefit or from ineptitude.
The kind of leadership we most often talk about is hierarchical leadership. A hierarchical leader is someone who has power given by the position they hold. The type of power that comes with a position is referred to as legitimate power. It is legitimated by the organization.
Thankfully, legitimate power isn’t the only form of power.
Today’s intention: Think about people without hierarchical position but who you still consider to be leaders. What do they do that makes you consider them leaders?
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