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Authority in management is the formal or legitimate authority specified in a charter gives a project manager the authority to act in the name of the sponsoring executive or on behalf on the organization.

There are different types here:

  • Coercive authority : refers to motivating staff by punishment and is predicated on fear of losing status, positions, bonuses or jobs.
  • Expert authority : is earned if the team respects one's skills as a project manager or subject-matter expert.
  • Referent authority : refers to the ability to influence others through charisma, personality, and charm.
  • Reward authority : refers to positive reinforcement and the ability to award something of value.

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