It doesn’t matter what your structure is, if people have influence, regardless of their position, or lack thereof, they have power.
They have power to help the cause.
They have power to injure the cause.
If people have influence, they have power.
One mistake I see leaders make is failing to recognize the people with power in an organization.
Pastors, this includes you.
In this subject, what you don’t know can hurt you.
For more thoughts on this subject, read “Doing a Stakeholder Analysis“.
Have you known people who didn’t have a position, but had tremendous power in the organization?