Leadership_by_Consent,_Not_Coercion - OPINION Leadership by...

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O P I N I O N Leadership by Consent, Not Coercion Organizational Leaders Should Also Heed the Call John Humphreys and Stephanie Pane Haden While watching the seemingly endless coverage of the popular uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, many Western commentators have made statements reminding political leaders around the globe that the leadership ideal is to maintain influence through consent, not coercion. While we generally pay little attention to political leadership, we sense that organizational leaders should be reminded of this principle as well, as we too often see managers at various levels violating such a commonly accepted premise. To vastly oversimplify the recent unrest, and the many other revolutions that have come before it, we generally see leaders who rely on their positions as the basis of their power, largely ignoring the generation of any real personal power with their constituencies. That position is often maintained by coercion in various forms, undulating between the promise of meager incentives and the threat and implementation of reprisal, and differentiated by the degree of sycophantic support for leadership. As a result, followers eventually become frustrated, fractured, and fearful. Such perceived inequity in process and outcomes further deteriorates reasonable good will towards the leader and results in declining self-
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