Why Healthy Fear of Leaders Can Be Good for Employees and Organizations

Jacob Morgan
2 min readFeb 20, 2024

Do you fear your leaders? And if you are a leader, do your people fear you? We are often told that there is no place for fear in the workplace, yet we dismiss the possibility that healthy amounts of fear of leaders can motivate performance and success.

Every great leader should be feared just a little bit, but there is unhealthy fear and that does not allow for successful leaders in the long run. Employees should not be backstabbing each other, be in a place where they feel like they can speak up and contribute and share an idea, and where they can make a mistake and then come forward with that mistake as well.

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Jacob Morgan

4x Best-Selling Author, Speaker, & Futurist. Founder of FutureOfWorkUniversity.com. Exploring Leadership, Employee Experience, & The Future of Work