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Post Reply As a Leader Is It Better to Be Feared or Respected ?
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Posted 4/20/13

DirEnGay wrote:

Who genuinely feared him though? It's not like he was forcing soldiers to fight each other to the death for training, or really doing much else that was controversial. He was just an idiot, and idiots respected him, that's why he got two terms.


Oh, I completely agree. I'm just pointing how ridiculous the thread is. I mean the question of "whether it's better to be feared or respected" was made infamous by machievelli; who was neither feared or respected in life. Matter of fact he died poor and unknown. :P

It's better to be a competent leader and surround yourself with even smarter people... no one respected or feared Clinton during his term as president and now even the Republican party acknowledges his were the best years in recent American history.
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It may depend an how grave the situation is. Like Greece right know might want to use fear to get the people and everything else in line so they can systematically work out their problems.
Canada doesn't really have a need for fear based rule since its mostly pretty good compared to the rest of the world. They just have to try to balls up the good situation they got going on XD

That said. Speaking more generally, fear is just more convenient. It last longer as it can be applied over and over again when it wears off. Respect can be completely devastated if the official(s) don't meet expectations. Which, I think we all can agree that we hold our politicians to a inhuman standard expecting them to not even have a single relationship issue in their marriage.

Well in America anyway.
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Posted 4/20/13
Respected, life is not a tv show
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Posted 4/21/13
Given the state of anything American, I have to question how easy it is to attain respect and if it really has any worth.
We'll be political about it.
The Clintons: Deregulated lending so low wage/high risk people could get loans easily.
Signed NAFTA so they wouldn't have a job anymore. No plan to replace the exported jobs.
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Have they lost any respect for wrecking the economy?
How much respect is the current government losing for not being able to do their job? What % will be re-elected?

You can keep that kind of respect.

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Posted 4/22/13
I do think a successful leader needs a bit of both. A leader needs power, and power almost always commands fear as well as respect.
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Posted 4/22/13
Respected. When has there ever been a successful leader that was feared?
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As a manager fear definitely gets things done faster and with fewer hangups than respect. I try to carry both with my employees, but at the end of the day the threat of them losing their job is going to get them working a lot more than the threat of them losing my respect.
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Posted 4/22/13 , edited 4/22/13
Lead by example and a little fear and some respect don't hurt either.
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Posted 4/22/13
fear may work for a while but not for a long term thing...respect though unless you do something to take away the respect may take longer but will provide results and will be more efficient, especially if you want to move forward and stay like that and not go back.
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Posted 4/22/13 , edited 4/22/13

SammiexShikari wrote:

Respected. When has there ever been a successful leader that was feared?


Stalin
Genghis Khan
Attila the Hun
Napoleon
Vlad the Impaler
Bin Laden
Nero (arguably)
Oliver Cromwell (arguably)

Just to name a few off the top of my head.
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Posted 4/23/13 , edited 4/23/13
Most likely feared.
Because as long as you're good to your guards and army.
You have protection.
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Posted 4/23/13

theYchromosome wrote:


SammiexShikari wrote:

Respected. When has there ever been a successful leader that was feared?


Stalin
Genghis Khan
Attila the Hun
Napoleon
Vlad the Impaler
Bin Laden
Nero (arguably)
Oliver Cromwell (arguably)

Just to name a few off the top of my head.



Forgive me I'm too lazy to type everything out.

Stalin: http://www.history.com/topics/joseph-stalin

Khan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_under_the_Mongol_Empire

Attila the Hun: Clearly, the actions and values of Attila the Hun, the 5th Century AD barbarian that brought death and destruction upon the crumbling Roman Empire, point to him being a savage and demonic leader. The havoc that he wreaked throughout Europe led to him being self-dubbed[1] “The Scourge of God”. This pseudonym Attila was known by is symbolic of his manner of conquests, ruthless barbarity. Although Attila displayed savage acts of violence and cruelty in his campaigns, a sense of forgiveness, justice and inspiration is illustrated off the battleground. His centralisation of Hunnic authority and unification of the Hunnic tribes is unmatched by any of his predecessors. On the contrary, all sense of justice and respect is lost in Attila during battle and during the post-battle pillaging and looting commissioned by Attila; a further demonstration of his savage and barbaric qualities. In addition to this, when faced with a formidable opposition, Attila could not stand up to the pressure. He relied on terror tactics and fear alone for victory, which reverted back at him when this fear had been come to terms with by his opponents.

Napoleon: There's the Napoleonic Wars, France went broke trying to fund all the wars and the guy even try to start slavery up again in Haiti

Vlad the Impaler: His name is Vlad the Impaler and he's history's Dracula. He was scary dude.

Bin Laden: He's a terrorist. 9/11

Nero: I feel like he's in the middle. His family tree was messed up though

Oliver Cromwell: Tried to slaughter all the Irish

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You asked for successful leaders who lead by fear... not whether the actions were good or bad.

As for my two cents towards the thread: it is better to be a leader who is respected out of fear. Like someone earlier mentioned being a manager, your workers will get a lot more shit done with fear of losing their job rather than the manager losing respect by being lax on them.
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Stonewolfe wrote:



You asked for successful leaders who lead by fear... not whether the actions were good or bad.

As for my two cents towards the thread: it is better to be a leader who is respected out of fear. Like someone earlier mentioned being a manager, your workers will get a lot more shit done with fear of losing their job rather than the manager losing respect by being lax on them.


If someone is a good leader they wouldn't kill innocent people because the people believe in something different. A good leader shouldn't just mindlessly kill innocent people.

I don't fear my supervisor but I still don't slack off on my job. When people are afraid they either run away or fight back.
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Posted 4/23/13

SammiexShikari wrote:


Stonewolfe wrote:



You asked for successful leaders who lead by fear... not whether the actions were good or bad.

As for my two cents towards the thread: it is better to be a leader who is respected out of fear. Like someone earlier mentioned being a manager, your workers will get a lot more shit done with fear of losing their job rather than the manager losing respect by being lax on them.


If someone is a good leader they wouldn't kill innocent people because the people believe in something different. A good leader shouldn't just mindlessly kill innocent people.

I don't fear my supervisor but I still don't slack off on my job. When people are afraid they either run away or fight back.


Once again... Successful=/=Good... Attila the Hun was Successful, he ruled a HUGE empire. But he was in no means a good person.
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