Intimidation cowers the employee in a way that limits their ability to act independently, resulting in wasted time, talent and creative opportunity.The idea that you can command people to do things because they’re afraid of you makes the use of intimidation a pretty tempting commodity for the weak and insecure manager.
It Comes From Everywhere Intimidation comes at us from many quarters – parents, teachers, schoolmates and even churches – but the workplace is where we are most likely to be fed a steady diet of The Big I.The typical business environment is an out-and-out incubator for intimidation.Those who suffer from the application of workplace intimidation become overly fearful of offering their ideas or sharing their concern. ) They are wary of taking the initiative and, accordingly, their doubts become self-fulfilling.Even worse, those who succumb to intimidation become little more than frustrated drones, mindlessly carrying out a sort of genetic blueprint drawn by the intimidating figure from on high.The problem is that intimidation never gets the best out of people.
In fact, this approach is the antithesis of effective leadership and detrimental to any hope of achieving success.
So the first step to dealing with intimidation in the workplace is to recognize that it is thrust upon us from a sense of insecurity and weakness, rather than confidence and strength.
Once we recognize the purpose of intimidation, we are well on our way to thwarting its impact.
The use of power, authority, position and status to intimidate workers into compliance is, at many companies, considered to be one of the most effective of management’s bag of coercive tools.
Respect for authority, position and status is fine, but using them to intimidate others into submissive acquiescence is quite another thing.
The key to doing this is to understand the dynamics of intimidation and the motivation of those who attempt to wield it.