Motivation vs Discipline

Oct 17, 2017

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discipline vs motivation

While motivation and discipline are on opposite ends of the management spectrum, managers need to provide both to lead a team successfully. A manager who uses only motivational techniques may be well liked, but over time employees begin to lose respect for leadership if they feel they can get away with bad behaviors.

Conversely, a manager that provides only disciplinary measures without motivation fails to inspire a team. Once employees realize there is no reward for positive behavior, they lose the desire to succeed.

By combining motivation and discipline, managers create a balance of rewards and corrective actions that drive a team to perform better. There are five methods to build a stronger, more effective team. The first is to create a positive working environment.

Part of your responsibility as a manager is creating a positive environment where your team enjoys working. By encouraging learning, collaboration, and individual growth, you support your team and promote a constructive, comfortable workplace. While creating a positive environment involves fostering personal and professional growth, it also involves treating employees equally. If you favor a select group of employees or single out employees for undeserved reprimands, you create a work environment that incites resentment. Listen to opinions from the entire team before making decisions that affect the group, or you compromise the respect of your employees.


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