The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. (Ken Blanchard, management expert and author)

Sometimes we may think that our authority should motivate our colleagues to accomplish their work more effectively. But, forcing people to do what we want because we have the power to do so is often an unsuccessful strategy. However, influence by persuasion, careful counsel and concern will likely accomplish more than merely exercising one’s authority.

For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. (Romans 13:4).