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A leader needs the respect of their people. But do they also need their people to fear them? At least a little?

It wasn?t too many years ago that one of the world?s largest manufacturing companies sent all of their new managers through what they called ?Fear School.? It was designed to teach the new managers methods for instilling fear into their employees.

That company believed that while respected leaders were a ?nice to have? feared leaders were a ?must have.? They knew that fear was a powerful motivator and it worked for them. Or at least it appeared to work.

What they succeeded in doing was forcing the compliance of their people. Compliant people can produce immediate results that sometimes leads to short-term progress. Fear appears to create a sense of urgency in people but it?s not really urgency, it?s anxiety. That anxiety creates a lot of activity but…

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