Leadership Basics Series: Influence without Authority

Influence Without Authority

To have “influence without authority” refers to the idea that an individual has the ability to lead and influence even if they are not in an official leadership role and/or do not have a title typically associated with authority. Having influence without authority draws on various other skills, including the ability to build positive relationships, communicate well, listen effectively, and shape a purpose and vision.

These individual skills and the ability to influence without authority are important in a variety of situations in public health practice and chronic disease prevention, such as when working with different sectors and partners that are instrumental to public health goals yet also have their own objectives. The ability to influence without authority can support multiple collaborators in coming to consensus or agreement on activities or objectives, achieving their own goals, and advancing a clear vision and purpose across multiple partners.




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