Authority In Max Weber's Three Types Of Authority

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Max Weber proposed that there are three distinct types of authority. These are, charismatic authority, traditional authority, and legal-rational authority. All of these authorities are important to understand. Mostly, because they play huge roles in day-to-day life. For anything so present in the world, the general population, should, at bare minimum, make an attempt to understand the forces around them. Charismatic authority is often envied when its’ embodiment is seen in real life. Conley explains Max Weber's point of view that those who possess this type of authority are thought to do so naturally and with ease (Conley 577). Many spot this type of authority from a mile away, welcoming it into their lives. Whether this be at work, with a manager who you can help but admire and respect because of their ability to seem to work hard and lead gracefully, to the fellow student who leads a group project in a way that makes the team collaborative and causes the project itself to have a sense of ease to it. Conley points out that charismatic authority has its own place in politics, explaining that there are statistics that show “no amount of campaign money will help a candidate win an election if the electorate just doesn't like him or her” (578). Along with the previous ideas, it is important to know that charismatic authority is the most “difficult to maintain or pass on” (578). The reason for this is clear: while charisma can be learned, those who have it naturally will
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