Barnard acquainted that four factors influenced the willingness of employees to acquire authority:
1. The employees must understand the communication.
2. The employees accept the communication as being consistent with the organization’s purposes.
3. The employees feel that their actions will be consistent with the needs and desires of the other employees.
4. The employees feel that they are mentally and physically able to carry out the order.
Acceptance theory of authority is accountable to criticism because it is unrealistic and gives more importance to their subordinates.