That’s a bit like responsibility without power.
Hamish Reid

Not an expert and not sure it fits 100%, but …

I work in a project management training company and one thing my boss/our chief trainer always talks about when it comes to projects is “leadership without formal power”: project managers often don’t have any/much formal authority to reward or punish people, they have to lead the project team by other means (identification power, expert power). Yet, even without formal power, they are still accountable for the project.

But this is the principle/idea I’d like to read more about.