I was asked recently, “Why is this site called ‘Lead Without Authority,’ don’t you have to be in a position of authority to be a leader?”
Well, a two-part question deserves a two-part answer.
First, this site is called because I believe anyone can lead from within their context–whatever that context may be.
Don’t you have to be in a position of authority to be a leader? No, you don’t. Throughout history people who are considered some of the greatest leaders were not given authority by any organization, power, committee or group. They just led from where they were. They recognized an urgent need, a desire for a better reality or an opportunity for the people in their community or sphere of influence to reach a higher level of potential. These leaders without authority took bold steps to communicate the urgent or greater need in a way that attracted others, that helped people to see clearly the opportunity for a better life, an improved future for their families.
I see this everyday within the context of the Occupy Movement.