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Post Reply As a Leader Is It Better to Be Feared or Respected ?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_fear

http://www.amazon.ca/The-Culture-Of-Fear-Americans/dp/0465014909

Fear is powerful tool. Is it Better? That's a value judgement. Is it more effective. That depends on who you are trying to lead and to what end you are leading them.

Fear IMO is not better. It's the tactic of the bully and the crass manipulator. Whenever you see someone using blatant fear tactics in a book or movie it's usually the villain because it's unbelievably ugly.

Respect, may contain an element of fear. People may fear to disappoint someone they respect. But that is not the same as using fear of punishment to ensure obedience and the outward forms of respect. Threaten me with a knife and you'll get all the sirs and pleases you would ever desire, until your back is turned. Earn my respect and I will labour to live up to your standards even when I know you're not looking.

Nor is it the same as using a false fear to stifle debate: "If you're not with us then you're with the terrorists." or "what about the children?"

Both the left and the right can be guilty of this so don't get political on me.
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in what case would a leader who struck fear in the populace be of any use?
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A bit of both I'd say.
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I think most people fear all their leaders. They fear the power they have because they could use it the wrong way and completely screw things up for the general populous. So I don't think there is anyway to get around being a leader without people fearing you in some way. So I think it's best (for the one ruling) to also have the respect of their people, otherwise like many have said already, there will be people that will conspire to overthrow them, tho that will probably happen regardless because you can't make everyone respect or fear you. So even if you're well respected, I believe, you will also be feared.
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It's depends on the government. In Machiavelli's model, he referred solely to a monarchy, a government where one person has absolute control/final say. In that case fear; Provide what your people need in the the way you feel is best and punish those who stop you. After all as a king/queen, if the people don't fear you, they will most likely rebel if they disagree with you. However in a democracy where people choose their leaders, you want respect. You want people to acknowledge, respect, and choose you to be the leader, thus you have to keep your people's respect or they boot you.
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CrimsonGrim wrote:

It's depends on the government. In Machiavelli's model, he referred solely to a monarchy, a government where one person has absolute control/final say. In that case fear; Provide what your people need in the the way you feel is best and punish those who stop you. After all as a king/queen, if the people don't fear you, they will most likely rebel if they disagree with you. However in a democracy where people choose their leaders, you want respect. You want people to acknowledge, respect, and choose you to be the leader, thus you have to keep your people's respect or they boot you.


Naw just paint the other guy as a: a) Commie, b) liberal, c) Muslim, d) infidel, e) Neocon. out to destroy your vision of what your country should be. Or better yet get involved in some war or other crisis so that people fear the change of the new guy over your 'experience' of having gotten them into a mess in the first place.

The abuse of Fear by all political factions is why political parties polarize and no one can compromise with the 'opposition'.



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As a leader, I prefer to be fearected...
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Respect- and I'd rather use Theory Y if the situation is appropriate,

however in emergency situations, I'd use Theory X hahaha
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Leaders should be respected, and fear the general public.
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um.. definitely respected

fear only breeds ill-will/malice.
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Being 'feared' is definitely not the way to lead. For example, when I was younger and going through my rebellious years in High School, I feared my dad but I didn't respect him. I had fear of him because if I was home later than curfew, talked back to my parents, or my grades just started sucking in general, I would be punished by being grounded or getting my video games taken away. I didn't actually see that he was trying to help me become a more responsible and better person. So all I had was anger and fear towards him. Now he in no way deserved the anger because he's a great dad. But me, being the ignorant SOB I was in high school, put all of my teenage angst against my dad (parents in general). With only 'fear' driving me to obey my dad I would still break the rules and just try not to get caught. Because even though I had fear of what he could take away if I got caught, I still didn't care because I had no respect. Now, as I grew up and matured a little and realized he has been one of the greatest fathers in the history of fathers, I started to respect everything he did for me in my life. With this respect I now have for my dad and parents I don't break the rules. I don't want to anymore because I have too much respect for my parents and I want them to respect me as a person as well. So to summarize it all, respect is what everyone should aspire too, not fear.
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The best kind of leader is loved, respected and trusted. Fear will make people betray you the moment they believe they can get away with it. Respect is good, but there is a special bond between a leader and subordinates that when achieved is a lifetime bond that will not be broken. When a group of people like this takes on a job it gets done right the first time and better than expected.
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There should never be one single leader, instead everyone in the group should take up a leadership role. The most efficient way to move people forward to a specific goal is by efficient collaboration.
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you must be respected by your followers and feared by your non-followers but that doesn't mean that you can't be respected by your non-followers either. That's what makes a great leader i believe.
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