On this morning’s news it was announced that Nelson Mandela’s health is quickly failing. How sad. He brought about so much change to South Africa. He brought that change through peace.
Mandela hadn’t always used a peaceful approach. He spent many years in a jail cell no bigger than a closet for co-founding a militant group and bombing government targets. During those years in jail he shifted back to using peace as a means to bring about change.
This is a perfect example of how force does not bring about change. The same can be applied in the in the business world. Instilling fear and abusing positional power causes resentment not change. This is workplace bullying and it’s a bigger problem than you think. Rather than force use quiet persuasion. Explain why the change is necessary and how the other person will benefit.
If you see or hear anyone being bullied either through words or actions, as a leader it is your responsibility to stop it. You, the leader, can start the change.