Authority is earned, not bestowed

Let’s Talk Teams


May 18, 2021


28 min
It used to be assumed that a manager had authority simply because of the title they were given. But in this episode, Michael and Chris talk about how things are different in 2021, and true authority is earned by developing credibility with the team.

Show Notes:

You can’t just show up with a title, a facy business card and a corner office and expect your team to give you the authority you need to lead. You earn authority by working “with” your team, not “above” them.

In this episode Michael and Chris talk about how to develop the kind of credibility with your team that will allow you to lead effectively.

Here’s the book we mention in the podcast: Credibility by Barry Posner and James Kouzes
Related blog post: How to Cultivate Transparency in a Zoom World

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You can follow Michael @jmichaelprobert and Chris at @chriszaugg.

Let’s Talk Teams is a podcast by Uptick the one-on-one tool that helps managers and their team members change vague meetings into meaningful conversations.