as a leader, resist the temptation to control people

04/01/2012

by anne lueneburger

If you are managing teams and wonder why they are less motivated than you expected (you have tried everything from carrot to stick), have you considered that the problem may be your leadership style? We just published an article in the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring on what we call the ‘Mahna-Mahna Effect’: if we stifle talent and try to control them rather than kindle their deep-seated sense of autonomy we are neglecting a fundamental quality of human nature, the need for self-determination. After all, some of the biggest innovations, including 3M’s Post-it notes happened as part of the choice projects that employees could work on. You can find our full article here.

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