"Differences between power and authority"
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"Differences between power and authority" There are many differences between power and authority, Max Weber describes authority as three types traditional, charismatic and legal rational. Traditional authority means that the authority has been passed down through tradition. One example of this is the British monarchy that has authority as they are the head of state which has been passed down through tradition for the past thousand years. Charismatic authority means that the person who has charismatic authority has gained his authority through the use of his own charisma (which originates from the Greek work "charis" which means gift) and speech making. One example of this is the British Prime Minister Tony Blair who gained his authority to rule through the use of the British political system and by gaining votes from the British public which is down mainly to his own charisma.
Whilst another person who has power is a terrorist as he has the power to take peoples lives and to a certain point dictate the rule of a government. However he/she has not got the authority to their power as they have not been elected as a leader (but have taken the responsibility upon there selves and acted upon it.) Although on the other hand with a large terrorist organisation, such as the Al-Qaeda, the leader would have authority within the organisation as he has gained his authority through the use of his own charisma and style and also by acting as a de facto ruler (a de facto ruler being a person who has gained power and authority by deposing or overriding the previous leader or leaders).
He has gained his authority as the head of his many media companies and within his own field through the use of his charismatic power. So in conclusion I believe power and authority to go together as to gain power in many respects you must have authority through your own charismatic performance as to become a good leader you must have good authority and not power. As you must be able to influence others through the use of good charisma. In other words to be a good leader you must be able to persuade people to do your bidding and not force them to. ?? ?? ?? ?? 23rd September 2004 Matthew Smith
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