Public Administration Mains 2017 : Model Question and Answer - 57

Public Administration Mains 2017 : Model Question and Answer

(Public Administration Paper I / Chapter: Administrative Thought)

(Important) Question :   "Legitimate authority flows from coordination, not coordination from authority (Follet). Comment" (10 Marks/150 Words)   

Model Answer : 

To Follet coordination leads to self adjustment which in turn leads to scheme of planning. According to her, coordination , definition of purpose and anticipation are three critical functions of a leader. A leader is the one who derives authority from law of situation. It is this legitimate authority that instills heightened self respect and increases efficiency among subordinate. Follet says that central authority should be replaced by authority of function in which individual has final authority within the allotted functions which defines one’s responsibility also. A leader should have a total clear interrelatedness to exercise authority. Orders without proposition cause resentment and the resultant conflict is not constructive. It hinders circular behaviour and ultimately organisational efficiency has to bear the toll. Thus Follet stresses that legitimate authority flows from coordination and not vice versa. (Total Words- 134)

(Linkages: Follet and Coordination, Follet and Authority, Follet and Law of Situation)

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