… Interesting tip. Mouaz

“In today’s flat organizations, leaders need to influence and persuade not only their direct reports, but a cast of peers, contractors, and managers. Here are three tips to assume authority in any situation, whether or not you’re the official leader:

1-Remember enthusiasm is contagious. Your genuine excitement about a project will motivate others to become engaged and care about it.

2-Take care of your own ego. No one wants to be responsible for making you feel important. Assume authority by demonstrating excellence in your field, not soliciting others’ approval.

3-Lead quietly. When you don’t have formal authority propping you up, others will be suspicious if you grab the reins too forcefully. Don’t be overinvested in the outcome; lead quietly, get everyone involved, and ask questions along the way.”

… Read the full article here: http://hbdm.harvardbusiness.org/email/archive/managementtip.php?date=072409

3 Tips for Leading Without Formal Authority
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