Here are the types of authority

  1. Personal/Charismatic Authority: IS acquired as a result of certain personal talents, qualifications or accomplishment. It is an authority derived from belief in the exception ability of a leader. 
  2. Traditional Authority: Authority found in traditional societies where the chief or council of elders, emperor, feudal lord or king exercise such authority based on the beliefs, customs and traditions of their people. 
  3. Political Authority:  Authority exercised by political office holders. Political authority is the lawful right granted to the arms of government to make and enforce laws/policies. The source of political authority is the constitution.
  4. Legal Authority: Authority bestowed in the constitution and exercised through the three arms of government.
  5. Delegated Authority: This is the type of authority granted to the subordinate by the superior to exercise some specific functions.

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