Good Authority vs. Bad Authority: Can You Spot the Difference?
As a leader, you are constantly sending messages to your employees. Through your words, you can build them up and propel them to achieve great things; alternately, you can tear them down and sabotage their success. Gervase Bushe draws out the differences between good and bad authority. Bad authority is preoccupied with its own importance. Good authority is concerned with the good of others. Bushe delineated:
Seeks adoration and being the center of attention
Serves the people
Has a vision of the great society, organization, etc.
Steps aside when it is appropriate to do so
Adores others and makes them the center of attention
Has a vision of own greatness
Holds onto power