Authority vs. Influence

One of the books on my “to read” list is Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It by Jeremie Kubicek. Out of Ur has also entered the conversation, and this post by Bob Hyatt of Evergreen Community Church in Portland, OR is the latest installment. Here’s an excerpt:

Authority is quickly gained. All you need is a title. Influence takes time. It takes constancy and attention to the small things. It is slowly gained, but quickly lost–by a stray comment, an unthinking response, an inability to own our mistakes and repent of them. People don’t want perfection (well, some do), but what they do want is someone they can respect, someone who lives the life they are calling others to, even the hard parts of repentance and sacrifice and humility.

What do you think of Hyatt’s summary? And what are your thoughts on the differences between authority and influence?


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