Carrot and Stick Leadership Styles

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I've commented before about the differences between Andrew (12) and Michael (9) but this was highlighted very clearly again last night at dinner.

I was talking with Michelle about a problem I was having at work about someone not doing their job well.

  • Andrew jumped in and suggested, "Tell them if they do a good job, you'll give them a copy of Halo Reach." Michael very quickly and bluntly told me, "Tell them if they don't do a good job you'll fire them."

The kids were definitely playing true to form. Andrew is much kinder with his good "carrot" style leadership. Michael, not unexpectedly, is all stick.

Weird how different two brothers can be. Note to future employees -- watch out if Michael is your manager.

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