Carrots and sticks are the worst motivators for creating the right behaviours. Yet, in many workplaces, they continue to use these tools, as if they’re somehow different.
You don’t need to lead with carrots and sticks, even if that’s the way your employer wants it. Focus on helping your team take ownership of their work. Help your people grow and learn new skills. Continually talk about why their work is important. Turn failures into an opportunity for growth.
There’s plenty of ways your leadership can shine, even if there are carrots and sticks all around you.
You’ve got this.