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Edward Leon

Absolutely not!! There are many great Leaders that are informal. They are followed because of their knowledge and performance, regardless of rank or position. Some people are followed because of personality and character, other’s may be more stoic subject matter experts; but both can influence other because they care for their people. Not ‘what they can get from their people’ but ‘what they can do’ for those people; and many times in a small unit it could be ‘with’ those people.

There are many placed in positions of authority that are simply Managers, dictating direction and and accomplishing tasks by ordering others. Although this may get a job done, it is for their authority not because the employee desired to perform. Although a Leader may need to be autocratic or direct in their position for certain circumstances, most tasks would be undertaken anyway by subordinates due to the influence and loyalty developed in their relationship.