The Impact of Control

When I feel controlled, I feel distrusted. I lose a sense of contribution and ultimately worth when I am no longer allowed to make my area of responsibility my own. When my work is second guessed, I feel pressure. When it becomes the norm to feel pressure, I feel oppressed. Control throws a wet blanket on a team dynamic because it makes those that are being controlled feel less like a team and more like a minion. People do not thrive under these circumstances. Controlling leaders often think that they are the only ones suffering for the team’s outcomes, therefore control can be a tool to make sure others suffer for the cause the way that they do. This is not the kind of suffering that inspires passion but rather resentment, even if the desired outcome is achieved.

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