Instilling fear may help one achieve a specific short-term goal but it is hardly the same as exercising leadership.
One who inspires, creates buy-in, creates a road map for achievement of common goals, builds an effective team, assigns roles in keeping with capacity, etc., is leading.
One who bullies, is arbitrary, or otherwise instills fear, is more likely to breed failure than success -- fearful people are often too timid in their decision-making or too stressed to analyze dispassionately -- and may well stir resentment that can lead to betrayal, silent sabotage, etc.
There has to be accountability, and people who don't perform may need to be replaced, but the process, the standards, and the expectations should be clearly spelled out and every effort should be made to ensure a successful performance. That, not instilling fear, is the true exercise of leadership.
Posted by: dottydo | August 18, 2009 4:28 PM
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