Which is better: Should a boss be loved or feared?

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Anonymous A asked on Oct 06, 2019

How would you answer this question in your Personal Fit interview? Receive feedback on your answer and browse through the Q&As to review the approaches of other applicants and experts.

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Anonymous B replied on Oct 06, 2019

If the interviewer and I were getting along well, I would actually just quote Machiavelli back at him (just for the funny element). But if you want a more serious answer, I think you have to elucidate that there has to be a healthy balance of both in a work environment. If people respect/love their boss, they're more likely to output higher quality work because they feel their boss deserves that quality. Fear is also critical in maintaining credibility in the workplace. I would generally choose to equate fear to establishing consequences for employees. Someone can love you all they want, but if they don't fear giving you bad work then there's a greater risk the deliverables aren't up to par.

tldr: just quote machiavelli, he says it beautifully

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