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Coercive Leadership

Coercive Leadership

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What is Coercive Leadership?

Coercive leadership is a command and control style that relies on making people do what you tell them, whether they want to or not. Does it work? While it may work in the short term, coercive leadership is not a sustainable method in the long term. Threats may work if you keep upping them, but when coercive leaders run out of threats, they can't get things done.

What is the negative effect of coercive power?

As predicted, coercive power generally has a negative impact on implicit trust and initiates the perception of an antagonistic climate and enforced compliance, overall confirming hypothesis 1a. Coercive power applied alone does not impact reason-based trust, the perception of a service climate or voluntary cooperation.

Why are coercive leadership practices necessary? In order to be an effective leader, sometimes it is necessary to resort to coercive practices. This is because people are often resistant to change, and a leader needs to be able to overcome that resistance in order to implement their vision. Coercive leadership practices can help to overcome people's resistance to change, and they can also help to ensure that people follow through on what they have been asked to do.

Why is coercive leadership bad?

Why is coercive leadership bad? Coercive leadership is only bad when the management of an organization abuses it. It can lead to suppressed creativity and innovation, cause a high amount disgruntled employees and turnover, and can end up costing the business more money because of inefficiency.