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Is it better for a leader to be respected than loved? Agree or Disagree. Discuss implications based on Machiavelli's quote "It is better to be feared than loved". In the context of contemporary management. I personally believe that leaders should be respected by employees. Need more input to the question.

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1. I need a response to the question: Is it better for a leader to be respected than loved? Agree or Disagree.

By definition, respect seems the more appropriate than love for a leader-employee relationship. In fact, the use of the word 'love' seems somewhat inappropriate for an employee-leader/manager relationship. Perhaps the word 'like' might be a better word, suggesting that the leader is a nice person. However, between the two words of love and respect, respect is more aligned to the employee-manager relationship. Respect is defined as:

1. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem.
2. The state of being regarded with honor or esteem.
3. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation
4. Regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgment"; "We prize his creativity" (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/respect).

By definition, then respect has its benefits both ways, for the leader and for the employees. Part of respect, is meeting the needs of the employees which shows high regards for the employees. It is important, when at all possible, for leaders to use positive encouragement to motivate people. The employees will go that extra mile for the leader if they feel good about the work and the person they work for. This is part of the leader role, a willingness to show consideration for the needs to the employees. It is reciprocated. Employees likewise show consideration for the leader and the company through high performance and a desire to meet the company goals. When the needs of the employees are respected and met, this increases employee job satisfaction, motivation and productivity. It also flows down the chain of command better and builds teamwork. If you motivate someone positively through meeting the ...

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This solution examines the statement: Is it better for a leader to be respected than loved? It discusses implications based on Machiavelli's quote: "It is better to be feared than loved".