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Leading without Authority By Keith Ferrazi & Noel Weyrich

About the book

Leading without Authority (2020) explores how non-managerial employees can drive change and influence their coworkers. These blinks outline simple techniques for making a big impact in the workplace, regardless of your official title.


Who is it for?

  • Employees looking for their next promotion

  • Managers seeking fresh insights

  • Executive coaches wanting a new perspective


What you will learn

  • Who is really on your team;

  • How to win your coworkers' trust; and

  • Why the best leaders are always celebrating


What I love about it

This book drew my attention to the fact that real leadership isn't about telling people what to do. it is about collaboration and mutual interests. with this in mind, you don't have to be a manager to start leading change. once you've identified the people who are part of your wider team, you can begin building trusting relationships with them. these relationships can then be leveraged to increase your influence in your organisation, and help you achieve your goals.


Quotes to remember

  • Exercising your authority isn't going to help you achieve all your goals

  • The first step to leading without authority is to identify a problem

  • You can show your coworkers that you care about them by being generous

  • If your interactions are ruled by generosity, your rewards will follow suit

  • There are three golden rules to turn every employee into a change leader; radical inclusion, bold input and agility.

  • True leaders are generous and courageous with their feedback

  • Lead without authority by celebrating your coworkers

  • You can't lead change all by yourself even with authority

  • Before you know it, your workplace will have a whole tribe of people speaking the same language and leading without authority


How I can apply its content to my life


Lean in to talented coworkers

Sometimes it pays to lead people outside of your team, too. Perhaps there's someone in your organisation with whom you have little interaction, but who always seems to have great insights and good ideas whenever you meet. ask yourself if you can create an opportunity to get to know this person better, perhaps by developing a project that the two of you could work on together. Building better relationships with the most dynamic people in your workplace will help you extend your influence and leadership over more of your organisation


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