Sounds confusing..or not?
Lemme tell you my point of view.
POWER WITHOUT AUTHORITY. Yes, anyone can be appointed to lead,manage,disciple other. It is the usual scene over and over again. But, ever tried to overused it for your own gain? Once you do this, it might not works like how it works before. Basically, having power is having the authority to other people. Be careful! Having authority is not just as simply as eating a chocolate. Having authority means that people do as you say because they respect you. With regards to respect, it is not easy to gain especially when you don’t even deserve it. Just think of this power this way; Eating chocolates is good for you, but eating too much chocolate will do no good to you.
There are many person who uses power for their own selfish reason, for their own selfish gain. In the process, everyone hates this kind of person. This is the reason why I don not agree with one of Machiavelli’s principle, which is, it is much better to be hated that loved. Yea, you have the power but you do not have the authority.
AUTHORITY WITHOUT POWER. Unlike power without authority, this one is really cannot achieved easily by anyone who wishes to achieve. You can have authority even if you do not have the power because… you gain people’s respect. Respect is not easily achieved, you have to work hard on it. That is why, this case is so much far likely to be power without authority. Simple rule to remember: Respect begets respect.
Don’t be too pushy. Leader are made.