line authority

Definition

The officially sanctioned ability to issue orders to subordinate employees within an organization. For example, production and sales managers that have been empowered with line authority typically also have the responsibility of achieving their company's business goals with the greatest possible efficiency.

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  • You should always make sure that you follow what the line authority has to say so that you can be respected by your boss.

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  • They had a line authority in place so they could issue orders to the employees and let them know how to go about their work.

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  • John liked having line authority with his role. Not only did he have authority over his subordinates, but he also had a say in the business goals.

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