Moral authority. What is it and why is it part of managing to make a difference?

Wikipedia has a comparative definition of moral authority we like:

Moral authority is the capacity to convince others of how the world should be, as opposed to epistemic authority (relating to knowledge), which is the capacity to convince others of how the world is.

Have you or one of your employees ever had the thought: “I could be a leader!” At some point in their career, most people have had the thought that they could or should be a leader. Unfortunately, being a leader is much more complex than simply having the motivation to want to lead.

The following document will walk you through several key questions designed to get you to think about whether you or one of your individual contributors want to be a leader, and if it should happen, whether you or they are ready to be a leader. It contains questions regarding traits, motives and values that when answered honestly can reflect a person’s ability to take on the role of a leader.

Organizational culture is essentially “how we do things around here.” It’s not what we say our values are. It’s what we actually do. This quote attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson states it so clearly:

What you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say.

As a manager, your responses to poor performance and bad behavior literally shape your organization’s culture. And they have far greater power than anything you say about your expectations for people’s performance and behavior.

As Baby Boomers age, the need for senior care – and for senior care workers – will increase to unprecedented heights between now and 2030. The competition for workers will be fierce (it already is), and organizations that focus on selecting the right talent will have an edge on their competitors.

I was asked to write a blog on the topic of something to the tune of “So You’re Not a Leader.” This is a sensitive topic in today’s culture. Leadership, in many ways, is held up on a pedestal. Something to aspire to. Something to achieve.

I’d like to begin with a story I heard over a decade ago about “Robert.”

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