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100 Ways to Motivate Others by Chandler Steve

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31. Stop Cuddling Up

I never gave them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell.

—Harry Truman

Unconsciously, managers without leadership habits will often seek, above all else, to be liked. Rather than holding people accountable, they let them off the hook. They give non-performers the uneasy feeling that everything’s fine. They are managers who seek approval rather than respect. But this habit has a severe consequence. It leads to a lack of trust in the workplace, the most common “issue” cited on employee surveys.

A true leader does not focus first on trying to be liked. A true leader focuses on the practices and communications that lead to being respected. It’s a completely different goal that leads to completely different results. ...

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