Getting high morale on your team is very simple:
Build effective teams.
Be genuine and believable.
But to accomplish any of these things well, you might have to abandon the pursuit of power in the workplace.
Or at least, the obvious pursuits of power that will result in low morale on your team:
An absence of trust.
Fear of conflict.
Lack of communication.
Avoidance of accountability.
Inattention to results.
But when what’s on offer is advancing a career, getting more money, or the approval of your peers, the pursuit of power will always be sexier in the short-term.
And you may win today, but tomorrow—and every tomorrow after that—will be lost to you.
Do the simple things that are hard today, and reap the benefits of doing them tomorrow.