The words must or want are critical for your team in China or elsewhere for that matter. However, given the old school thinking of many Chinese managers, you need to think about how much you lose or gain depending on the road your leaders choose. Below, I list two different paths. On the left is what happens if workers must follow. The right shows potential if workers want to follow.
|If they must follow you
Workers do what the leader wants when they are :
| If they want to follow you, the potential is
This list is not exhaustive. You might be able to add many yourself. The differences are important and worth the effort to overcome throughout your organization be it China or elsewhere. The must will cost you in Bloomington, and it will cost more in China.
I do not want to say that you need your leaders to be people pleasers. People want to follow leaders that lead them to high achievement. Workers complain against people pleasers.
So lets make a choice and work together to make our workers love Monday morning. Anyone have anything to share along this line?