Authority isn’t a dirty word. But it does deserve to be better understood.
A person who is an Authority is viewed as an expert in their field. It’s a positional authority based on a degree of knowledge that determines their standing among others in that same field of study.
Authority can also refer to a position with a title and not necessarily correspond to any knowledge, talent or skill. For example, a person can be hired into a role such as ‘store manager’ and be in a position of authority over other workers, but have absolutely no skills for the position (we would hope this doesn’t often happen).
A Leader is a person of influence. Not all authorities are leaders. Not all leaders are in positions of authority with a title. Not all experts in a realm of study are people of influence.
But in your sphere, where you can and should be influential, you can be known as a authority—an expert in your work. A thought leader. When you can combine your expertise with your ability to influence, you are able to accomplish far more, whether you’re selling a product, service or even an idea.
About Sarah Flashing
- Sarah Flashing is a business leadership coach and creative whose passion is to see businesses & organizations thrive in the new normal. As a successful business owner with experience in both the boardroom and classroom, Sarah helps leaders identify gaps in their business and marketing plans and implement innovative solutions. She holds an M.A. in Ethics from Trinity International University. Contact Sarah about coaching or invite her to speak at your next event.