July 9; All Managers Have Authority But Not All Have Power
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Chapter Seven: Power; 9 July

Then Jesus came to them and said,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Matthew 28:18

All Managers Have Authority But Not All Have Power

Appointed Power

Captain Belittel had the authority but little power.

His executive, his second in command First Lieutenant Largen had less authority but great power.

Captain Belittel could only get things done with a direct order relying on his rank and position as company commander.

1st Lt. Largen got things done with persuasion and influence. He had power. His boss did not.

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The names have been changed in this actual scenario. But the seasoned CEO has seen this before and knows well the difference between power and authority. The professional knows that positions have authority, people have power.

New managers will often incorrectly assume that authority gives them the power to command.

New managers will assume that power will be conveyed with their new position as boss. Being the boss does not bestow power.

Management literature segments the different kinds of power. For example, Legitimate Power is where a third party, recognized by all the varied stakeholders, appoints the person to a position.  This would be where a pope would crown a medieval king. The Archbishop of Canterbury presides over the coronation ceremony for the monarch of the United Kingdom.

Another example is Reward Power is where the manager has the ability to allocate pay raises or perquisites, “perqs.” This power could be delegated to a person, manager or not, who would have control over a bag of goodies to dispense.

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The Baptist preacher Dr. Randy Yeager writes,

His was now the authority both in heaven and upon the earth…He meant that every area of life must yield to His will and…that His sovereignty is universal…Note its fundamental meaning – the …(authority) that grows out of being.

It is not a physical power…though He can exercise that too. It is the authority that is vested in Christ by virtue of the fact that He is the Son of God – a fact attested by the fact of His bodily resurrection from the tomb (Rom.1:4; Heb.5:5; Acts 13:33; Ps.2:7).

The power had been given to Jesus before He met His disciples on this occasion. When was it given to Him? When God raised Him from the dead.

This is in line with Jesus’ reply to the challenge of the Jews in John 2:18-22. They asked by what authority He cleansed the temple? And His reply was that His authority to act as He did that day would be vouchsafed unto Him at the resurrection.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18

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