Compliance vs Commitment

By Krystal Zellmer

Compliance vs Commitment: these are two very different kinds of motivation. Compliance is a fear based motivation. Usually when someone is in compliance they will finish the task, but their attitude around the task can be negative. Compliance can create results, and it usually is to the minimum necessary to avoid the consequences in place.

Commitment on the other hand, is when the individual has something at stake, but the motivation is not fear. People who are committed have a connection to the purpose of their action. Committed people do what they say they are going to do whether or not it “feels good” to them in the moment.

At Advanced Leadership we go through language for action on how to enroll people into being committed versus being in compliance. Another place to locate additional material on switching yourself or others from compliance to commitment is in Brian Klemmer’s book, Eating the Elephant One Bite at a Time. Bringing yourself from being in compliance into commitment can be as simple as a choice. You get the opportunity to choose commitment every day.