A few years ago Boss Magazine published an article on the seven things a CEO should know.
I can’t remember what the first six were, but the seventh really resonated with me. It was that you can have all the power in the world but the minute you use it, you lose it. In other words, you can order a direct report to do something, but only once.
The key message was that leadership was all about influence.
How do you use influence to get people to buy into your vision and be motivated to undertake the actions you would like them to do? In essence, whether you have direct authority or not, all leadership roles are influence roles as the key is getting people to want to invest their discretionary time and effort in the role or cause that you are leading.