On American Express's OPEN forum, Seth Godin and Tom Peters discuss decency and not cutting corners in business with Susan Sobbott (President of OPEN) in this video at www.openforum.com.
It goes along with my thinking that people are more likely to lead someone who has integrity, respects other people, respects themselves enough to live their values, and sets a powerful example of integrity.
Yes, people will follow someone they fear - for a while. Usually, that's because they need a job, need the money, need to stay comfortable in a place like their childhood, or play the game the same way using fear and intimidation to get ahead. Ultimately, that fear turns into contempt or the person realizes they can't and don't have to follow a bully. They choose to stop following.
Someone who leads with decency generally keeps followers because they CHOOSE to stay with this powerful example.