Poor leadership behaviors can cripple the very health of your organization and the development of your future leaders. Such crippling leadership behaviors include bullying, being a “control freak,” and letting problems go on too long.
If any of these describe you or your leaders, there are some quick methods to make sure you find a cure.
3 Methods That Work
Here are three methods for curing crippling leadership behaviors that jeopardize organizational health and the bottom-line.
“Break” the Bullies
With horses, the term “broken” describes a horse that can be ridden. The danger in breaking a horse is in squashing its spirit instead of just it’s bad habit of bucking off a rider. With leaders the risk is similar.
Most bullies, believe it or not, are simply passionate and afraid.
The passionate leadership behavior gets stronger when they feel someone stands in the way of accomplishing their goal. The fear creates stress if their insecure about how they’re seen or perceived. Both create protective measures and defenses designed to hide the fears.
Harness the passion and give them guidelines.
Tell them what behavior is okay and not okay and give strong and consistent consequences for the latter. If they refuse to change they may not be willing to be part of a team and may not be a good fit for your organization.
It’s the leadership behavior of worry that creates the stress that ignites the control and makes them seem difficult and overly bold.
Control freaks worry:
- They worry others won’t get things done.
- They worry others won’t do it right.
- They worry what others will think if they don’t get it right or do well enough.
Reassuring them might not work, but keeping your cool will help you. Then help them to find and use all the right tools and help by surrounding them with incredibly calm and talented co-workers like you.
Hold Leaders Accountable
Any human being, in the absence of consequences or rewards, will do whatever is easiest.
Leaders, managers, and supervisors are no different.
If there are no consequences for never finding the time to address a team problem or problem employee, this leader will quickly earn a reputation for being a pushover. The high performing employees will start to leave and the problem team members will see they have free rein to do as they please.
Find a way to instill a rapid response to the leader who refuses to address issues. Maybe his bonus is impacted, her review score reduced, his promotion delayed, or her team vacancies are frozen. A lack of action must result in a lack of reward in order to initiate accountability.
Healthy organizations tend to experience healthy profits even in tough times, but it’s the leadership behaviors that can make or break that bottom line.
So what type of methods have you seen being successful to stop crippling leadership behaviors? Have you had a “knucklehearted” boss that just didn’t seem “to get it?” What did you do about it? Are your leadership behaviors crippling the health of your organization? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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Monica Wofford, CSP, is CEO of Contagious Companies, Inc.
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