Authority is the legitimate power assigned to a manager to make decisions, issue orders, and allocate resources on behalf of the organization to achieve organizational objectives.
Authority is within the framework of the organization structure and is an essential part of the manager’s job role. Authority follows a top-down hierarchy. Roles or positions at the top of the hierarchy are vested with more formal authority than are positions at the bottom.
The extent and level of authority is defined by the job role of the manager. Subordinates
Comply with the manager’s authority as it is a formal and legitimate right to issue orders.