Definition: Generous Authority (and Imperious Authority)

Generous Authority

The behaviour demonstrated by a meeting host that:

  1. Connect people to each other and the purpose of the meeting
  2. Protect people from each other
  3. Temporarily equalizes people in the meeting

 

Makes pretty good sense if you’ve been in enough meetings to see the range of behaviours people exhibit in them!

 

Imperious authority is the opposite of generous authority. From this excellent Freakonomics podcast on how to have better meetings.

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