To enable improvement
To give people a chance
To stand behind them
To take responsibility
To allow people to learn
To allow people to try
To allow people to fail
To allow people to build
To allow people to take risks
Authority should be used to ensure a positive, change seeking, respectful culture is developed.
Too often though, authority is misused…mainly because it’s misunderstood.
To standardize (for efficiency)
To limit change (for efficiency)
To create fear (of people losing their job, or lowering their status)
To veto decisions
To enforce rules
To make things cheaper
To be correct
To be the one that gets to choose
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Choose wisely.