Being manipulative should always be avoided. Resorting to these tactics suggests that you have neither the confidence among your team to lead them nor the ability to lead them using positive techniques – even if you tried.
Manipulation doesn’t inspire or empower employees. All it does is foster resentment and create atrophy. And atrophied teams get nothing done.
So, if you’re ever inspired to manipulate a group to get them going, remember, it is far better to persuade employees. Manipulation is for managers who think about the now. Persuasion is for leaders who can see the big picture.
Intimidation seems like a useful way to light a fire under the bottom of a lazy employee. But have you ever thought about what goes through the head of an employee who’s working not because they’re inspired but because they’re scared?
They’re partly focused on their work. But they’re more focused on the threat. They’re not doing their best work, and all you’ve done is finished a task and damaged a relationship.
Remember, it’s all about the big picture. These tactics may work once, but they ultimately destroy your ability to lead. Instead, you become just another faceless manager.
Written By Dr A.J Minai