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Post Reply As a Leader Is It Better to Be Feared or Respected ?
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The leadership style isn't so much about which is better IMHO but which works. A group of people who are motivated, self regulated and respectful will elect a leader they respect. They won't tolerate a dictator and will quickly throw out anyone trying to tell them what to do because s/he thinks s/he is better than them.

A group of people that won't think / stand up for themselves and buckle whenever someone shows power (political, financial, whatever) are going to end up with a leader that just rules by making others fear them because it's easier that way.

It has to be the group because individuals won't be able to do much on their own.
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If I was a leader, I'd rather have the first group of people working with me so for me, respect is better...
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Posted 5/20/13
Gotta have balance in life. So i would say both.
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A bit of both I think would do just nicely for a leader
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Posted 5/21/13
for me, respect is more important
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Posted 6/23/13
I think you need a bit of both, without respect a leader is more likely to be betrayed, and without being feared a leader may never be taken seriously
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Posted 6/23/13
Is it only one or the other? A Leader should be Loved!
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Posted 6/23/13
U want people to respect u, maybe with a tinge of fear.
Posted 6/23/13
U need people to respect u. but Show them that you are sereus!
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Posted 7/2/13
Respect. A leader who really aims for world peace and the ending of his people's suffering.
Posted 7/2/13
Respect. There can be no world peace if leaders rule by fear and intimidation.
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Posted 7/2/13 , edited 7/2/13
Machiavelli was writing a satire, but most people were too stupid to understand that. He will be remembered for the exact opposite of what he wanted. Sad, really.

When Napoleon returned from his exile in Elbe, he had only his core personal guard of a few men. Garrisons had orders to kill him on sight. Stories vary somewhat, but the best (and probably reasonably accurate) story I have heard was that when Napoleon reached the first garrison ordered to kill him, he walked through the men, calling officers by name -- "You, I fought with you in this battle. You, I saved your life in that battle. You saved my life in this other battle. I introduced you to your wife. Then he stood in front of the garrison's soldiers, opened his coat and yelled, "If any of you would kill your Emperor, shoot now for I do not want to live." The garrison whooped and yelled and joined Napoleon's forces on his march toward Paris.

You see, Napoleon was a bastard, but he was a bastard with GREAT personal skills. Unlike most generals who would sit in the rear in tents, Napoleon was a trained artillery officer and would often load shells with and even engage in combat along with his men. He was also known to wonder around battlefields and weep over the fallen. It was this action that endeared his men to him and allowed him to become the second in all of history to reign over Europe (albeit for a short time).

Fear can only take you so far. Human beings are naturally defiant, naturally predatory and naturally greedy. It is only when a leader's people want to follow and want to please the leader that real power can be obtained.
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Posted 7/3/13
As for my personal preference, I'd prefer respect. I don't like it when people do things because they feel obligated. I want them to do it because it's truly what they want to do. Also, fear is only temporary. Once people are over being afraid, that's a wrap.
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I believe there should be a balance. They should fear you to a level to where they must respect you. If you have to much fear you will be taken down. If you have to much respect someone will be jelous and take it from you.
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Posted 7/3/13
"They don't have to fear me because at the end they're going to respect me and that's it, you know that. I don't have to put fear in no ones heart. As a person you don't have to have fear in another person. I'm not going to place that upon you but i will earn your respect. I promise that and that's what I can guarantee."
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