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100 Ways to Motivate Others by Chandler Steve

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29. Play Both Good Cop and Bad Cop

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.

—John Quincy Adams

If you are an effective motivator of others, then you know how to play good cop/bad cop. And you know that you don’t need two people to play it. A true motivator plays both roles.

Good cop: Nurturing, mentoring, coaching, serving, and supporting your people all the way. Keeping your word every time. Removing obstacles to success. Praising and acknowledging all the way. Leading through positive reinforcement of desired behavior, because you’re a true leader who knows that you get what you reward.

Bad cop: Bad to the bone. No compromise about people keeping their promises to you, even promises ...

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