Assumptive Authority: Blunder #1

Assuming authority when it  is not granted results in lots of ruffled feathers.

You may have seen this situation:  A new manager rolls into the organization, and without even talking to his or her subordinate managers, is suddenly acting like the “new sheriff in town.  They start making arbitrary command decisions, and undermining the leadership of subordinate managers.  They countermand prior decisions and usurp former relationships.

Usually this is caused by the new manager’s greed for power, and an inferiority complex.  The manager thinks that if they do not act like they are “in charge” then people will not follow them.  Or they think that they must act “in command” in order to earn respect.  Yet they will fail, and fail quickly unless they can maintain a tyrannical hold on their organization through thuggery by their few followers who cow people into compliance.

Rarely does this situation exist except in government.  For even if a leader assumes authority as the Top Dog in a corporation, the truth of their despotism will become well-known and they will drive off the best talent who will not abide for long the tyranny of this sort of leader.  On the other hand, in government where dissent can be stifled through law and the legislated force of the gun and imprisonment—and there is nowhere else to run—tyranny will exist for a long time until the people finally are forced to rise up to salvage their right to liberty.

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