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Post Reply As a Leader Is It Better to Be Feared or Respected ?
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Posted 4/25/13
My experience through leadership not myself being a leader but following a leader is not fearful nor respectful well it does have respect but in the perspective it has more inspiration to give rather than receiving respect as a leader. And also depends what kind of leader person is in charge may be funny, happy, serious, quiet. With one of those elements then everything else will fall in place whether it will be fearful or respectful on the leader.
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My enemies should fear me. If my people see me doing good for my nation using fear, they will probably respect me and my power and be glad that I do not cause them fear. So I can be feared and respected
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Posted 4/25/13

Taedrin wrote:

Machiavelli stated in "The Prince" that "it is far safer to be feared than loved if you cannot be both.". However, he later goes on to say that you must go to great efforts to make sure that you are never hated. For if you are hated, you will have no shortage of conspirators, and your stay on the throne will be short.

Or in other words, your first priority is to make sure that your subjects do not hate you. Your second priority is to make sure that your subjects fear/respect your authority. Your third priority is to make sure that your subjects love you.


Okay, yeah, I thought it was loved. And I vaguely remember the other parts. This makes sense though.
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NO NO NO. You have it all wrong. Machiavelli said you must be feared and be respected. Not loved. Reason being, person that is loved is easy to defy and not take seriously. For example, you are scared of being late to school because of consequences. You are scared of bad grades or whatever because your parents will beat you. We went over this in my humanities class like 2 days ago
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Posted 4/26/13
fear out of respect
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Most important is to be respected.
If people are feared they most likely switch to enemy side (my opinion...)
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For me respected.It is very important to a leader to be respected in a way that you make everything that you think good for your member.In Helsinki i notice a business which they give everything including safety act or työturvallisuuslaki ,being a good leader reflect to a good member.
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Posted 5/2/13
Feared! I mean if they fear me then wont have to eat by myself eva again..
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Posted 5/2/13
To be respected out of fear...
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Posted 5/2/13 , edited 5/2/13

shuyi000 wrote:

To be respected out of fear...


Wrong.

Oh my God. People here are so fucking stupid still.

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Posted 5/2/13

koji8123 wrote:

fear out of respect


There we go, that's brilliant!
Posted 5/2/13
I'd say both, but if the people were feared they wouldn't like you and that's not good..if you don't care then oh well
Posted 5/2/13
Respected by allies, feared by enemies.
Posted 5/2/13
Both the same thing
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Posted 5/2/13
Depends on how you want to rule

For the People: Respect
If you want your people to be happy then this is the obvious choice.

For your own Goals: Fear
If you want to rule the world (or just like pushing people around) and don't care about your people than being feared will allow you to get more done. Just look at Hitler and Stalin; they could get their people to do anything they wanted to (including murder a bunch of Jews) and never had to worry about being kicked out of power.

By the way, Machiavelli also talked a lot about how a good leader must:
1. know how to do wrong and be able to use that ability when necessary
2. crafty and capable of dissembling
3. know that virtue can ruin a person, and vice can bring success
4. a successful leader must be cruel at times
5. and must not give an impression of being greedy, fickle, or cowardly

all these support that it is better to be feared, but not necessarily like Hitler of Stalin were feared; but more in a way where your people know that acts like treason will be punished (rather than thinking you would forgive them). In other words you don't want them to hate you but you want them to know that you mean business.
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