The Loyalty of a Mercenary

Leaders either demand loyalty or inspire it. I believe that loyalty can be demanded at times but not for a long period of time. People understand that leaders make decisions that can benefit them and people can be loyal in exchange for those benefits. Transactional loyalty is limited because it treats loyalty like a currency. When circumstances change, the loyalty shifts. Some people like this mercenary mindset because it’s easy and predictable. Unfortunately, this predictability is tied to the predictable limit of benefits that can be exchanged and can run out or be outbid. That is not great for a team dynamic.

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