I think of the quote above and the question in the title of this post as a reflection of environments I have lived in and heard of.
I’m pretty sure that almost everyone will agree with Vince’s quote. At the same time, it’s impressive how many leaders use a version of fear to “lead.”
How many so called “leaders” do you see using fear related tactics to direct their teams?
- The implications of losing your job after a mistake.
- The pressure to always get the answer right.
- The excessive use of titles and positions to get stuff done.
- The plethora of policies to ensure employees are well behaved.
- The constant power struggle and politics.
How far do these methods go to get full engagement?
I know that I give my least necessary when I am lead this way. I can’t even say that’s ‘leadership.’ In essence, I give my hands but I remove my heart.
What say you?
How far do you think fear will take you to lead a group of people towards a common goal in spite of all opposition that may show up along the way?