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4 Ways to Adjust the Habit of Leading through Intimidation

If you believe as I do that all behavior is purposeful, then let's consider by someone would choose to lead through intimidation.  How does it benefit them? 

Generally, intimidating others boosts another person's fragile ego or feeds into their imposter syndrome.  

Some of the behavior may appear as put downs, over talking, towering over someone, death-grip handshakes, and friendly-looking touches that are actually painful. 

While some of us intimidate with words, there are others who choose to do so with actions (like transferring or firing) and a few others use Silence as a technique. I had a boss who would ignore me when I didn't do exactly as she instructed. 

My peers and I would question her tactics. We didn't feel safe with her.  She would attempt to humiliate us when others were around. 



Lead from within: Leadership at its best is based upon inspiration and motivation, not domination or intimidation.

4 Ways to Adjust the Habit of Lead through Intimidation

The areas I focused on to be less intimidating and more inspiring were:
  • Increasing self-awareness 

  • Practice mindfulness

  • Approach all situations with kindness and compassion

  • Swap judgement with curiosity

  • Let go of right and wrong and become ok with different

The more sustainable position is that of inspirer not the intimidator.

Everyday, we're given a chance and a choice

We all can win.

Much Love and Much Respect,



Angela M. Odom is a life and leadership coach, founder of The Better U Project brand, podcast host, proud Army veteran and the author of BRONCO STRONG: A Memoir of the Last Deployed Personnel Services Battalion  and Golom's Magical Gamers as well as a contributing author to the book, "Camouflaged Sisters: Leadership Through The Eyes of Senior Military Women Leaders". 

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