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How to Have More Authority Around the Office

By Brenda on May 9th, 2012
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Having, or appearing to have more authority around the office can help you get ahead or get a promotion. Below we take a look at how to appear more authoritative around the office. These tips will also help in other settings as well.

Know what to say when you do not know the answer

Great leaders do not know the answer to every question – no one does, but they know how to answer questions that they don’t know. Instead of saying “I don’t know” say something like, “Thanks for raising that concern. I’ll give it some thought and get back to you.”

Never get angry or upset

Having authority around the office means having respect. That means you should never lose your cool by getting angry or visibly mad. People who are confident with their authority typically don’t feel the need to get really upset. Getting upset displays that you have lost control and do not know what to do.

Quit worrying about being liked

Having more authority is not synonymous with popularity. Your focus should be on earning respect and being effective at your job. Sometimes that means making other unhappy with the decisions you make. Not everyone is going to like you, so quit worrying about it. If you worry about being liked – you will likely make wring decisions and end up looking wishy washy.

Tone of voice

Use declarative statements. Also, do not end statements with questions unless they are really questions. Some people who are completely confident have a habit of sounding unsure or hesitant. People will assume you’re insecure.

Don’t use fillers

Fillers such as “um” or “I think” make you sound watered down and unsure. For many, it is simply a habit. Work on using short and direct sentences without fillers. It will take some time to get used to, but you being mindful of using these words will result in you getting rid of them from your vocabulary.

It’s okay to be silent

Many people aren’t comfortable with silence. People who speak just to break up the silence are noticeably unsure of themselves and insecure. Being comfortable with silence means you are calm, cool and collected.
Don’t be defensive

Defensiveness reeks of insecurity. Being defensive means you are trying to protect your “authority” and feel threatened. Confident people are not defensive people.

Be direct

Don’t shy away from awkward situations or conversations. Say what needs to be said, and make sure your communication is clear and concise. People respect others who address things head on.

Category: Careers and Employment