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RLF Recap: Nate Fick Discusses Various Types of Authority in Leadership

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Nate Fick discussed his career experience with the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows on Thursday, October 8th. An important theme of this experience was the differentiation of leaders with legal versus moral authority.

Fick learned this originally in the military, where he ranked higher than more experienced officers based on his college education. His understanding of different types of authority and competence was applicable beyond the military, when he held leadership positions at a policy think tank and, currently, a venture capital technology firm.

Fick's leadership strategy is thus based in making sure his team can succeed, providing the necessary infrastructure of values and communication.
Fick emphasized the importance of honesty, integrity and camaraderie in the work place and creating an environment where trust drives open communication. He stressed that leaders must be able to take personal hits for the good of the group, and that doing so will build trust critical in a functional organization.

-By Elizabeth Hoffman '13

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