The first rule of authoritative conduct was a relative easy discovery for me. The situation was clear and the rule flowed from it naturally. This time I attempted a harder situation, curious to hear what you think about the rule I draw from it. I am taking my inspiration from how a good teacher handles authority in his/her class.
Before I go into the situation I’d like to describe what I personally hope to be able to use these rules for. I’m trying to define rules very specifically about authority to know when I should use authority. I’m doing that, so that I can act in a less threatening way in all other situations. There are 3 things I hope these rules will solve. First off, I won’t have to feel bad about throwing around my weight in the cases where authority is warranted. I am 2.05m (6ft 7in) tall and weigh in at 104 kilograms. That’s quite a lot of weight to throw around, so I want to use it sparingly. 😅 I also want to feel comfortable about it afterwards, knowing I did the right thing. Secondly, I won’t need to hesitate too long. I can use authority directly where being friendly and open is really counter productive. Thirdly, having these rules with a bunch of tips around them, also helps in having a discussion about it afterwards.
Happy new year! It’s been a while since my last post and it has been a great holiday! 😉 The first working week has also flown by, time to wrap that up with this final post in my authority trilogy. In the last post I flirted with anarchy, as authority itself seems to have some damning consequences. I also stated I don’t see a life without authority, it is necessary sometimes. The last few weeks I’ve been musing about when to command and obey. During this period I bought the book “Reinventing Organizations” by Frederic Laloux and I think his theory applies to my investigation. Combining Laloux’ theory with my own thoughts, let me try to define what I think we should use authority for.
Last week I wrote about the issues I have with authority. This week I have been doing research into the topic. My research led me into anarchism as a potential solution. I never considered it, but it seems quite attractive!
I began the week by investigating how to learn about authority. I asked two of the psychologists I know. I got a few very good pointers and then combined that with my own googling. The first pointer was to investigate the Milgram experiments. It turned out to be a golden tip.
In the first post in this challenge series, I came up with 3 frustrations. I will start with the issues I have with authority. Giving somebody authority leads to obedience. It will lead to team members bowing down against their own judgement. I have personally experienced this on both sides of authority and am frustrated with authority and obedience. Time to turn frustration into positive energy and do something about it!
I will write 3 posts about authority. This first post will be an explanation of why I think there is an issue to begin with. The second post will contain general research about authority. The third post will hopefully provide inspiration and maybe even an answer about the issue I will describe below here.
As mentioned I feel a strong need to bring change on these points surrounding leadership. I am taking my first steps to do something about them by taking time off, no day job for me in December. I’ll use this time for 3 subjects:
- Studying up on leadership and alternative leadership models such as Sociocracy and Holacracy.
- This site, I will write blog posts at least weekly and will fill the site to become my personal card.
- Networking, I’d like to find a cool position where I can apply what I learn starting from Januari.
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