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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.