On Leadership
Video | PostLeadership | FedCoach | | Books | About |
Exploring Leadership in the News with Steven Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti

Bill George
Scholar/Former CEO

Bill George

Bill George is a management professor at the Harvard Business School, the former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Inc., and the author of several best-selling books on leadership. His latest release is 7 Lessons for
Leading in Crisis

Respect, Not Fear

Fear is rarely a good way to lead. It may produce short-term results but never results that are sustainable. People operating out of fear of their leader will not perform at their best. Motivating leaders get much better results from their people, especially over the long-term.

But fear should not be confused with respect. Leaders need to be respected by people, who know that they will be held accountable for their results by their leaders. Respect must be earned; it cannot be obtained through commands nor achieved through fear.

By Bill George

 |  August 20, 2009; 6:33 AM ET
Category:  Leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
Previous: Finding the Right Sticks | Next: We Still Need Visionary Leaders


Please report offensive comments below.

The republicans seem to have developed a third model for leaders.

While not attempting to be feared personally, the republican "leaders" attempt to make their followers fear plenty. First and foremost they spread the notion that you have to fear and mistrust progressives.

Then there's the fear of foreigners, possibly aided and abbeted by progressives.

You could go on and on. In summary, republicans want their people to fear EVERYBODY who isn't republican.

Posted by: fredfawcett | August 21, 2009 8:14 PM
Report Offensive Comment

If only those "leaders" on the political right in this country believed that. Better yet, if only those listening demanded better.

Posted by: Kathy5 | August 21, 2009 1:12 PM
Report Offensive Comment

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company