One of the common refrains that you will hear in corporate leadership is, “Employees join companies and leave managers.” But, those in leadership positions lack the self-awareness needed to understand how their actions are leading to employee discontent. In this article at Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamarro-Premuzic points out behavioral patterns that most often increase an employee’s anxiety level.
Do you recognize any of these behaviors in yourself? If you identify them, you must change them immediately to become a more effective leader.
How Leaders Stress Out Their Employees?
Withholding Information from the Team
“My team will not understand,” “I don’t think they will adapt to change,” “My team need not know all that.” Are these statements familiar to you? Keeping your team in the dark is one of the most detrimental things you can do to workplace productivity. Remember, when you discuss your business strategy dispassionately, the words that you choose and the way you talk about it convey your mental and emotional state to others. Therefore, use every opportunity to engage yourselves in meaningful interactions with your team. Also, communicate honestly and openly.
Neglecting Employees’ Emotions
When leaders hyper-focus on their emotions, they tend to make the biggest mistake of ignoring the team’s emotions. “The key here is empathy: You will only succeed if you are focused on the people around you, not on yourself,” says Tomas. As a leader, you must amplify the employees’ emotions. You can bring out the best in people even in the worst of times.
Persistently Changing Mind
Change is inevitable, especially in business life where programs, clients, and profitability drive decisions. However, continually changing minds will infuriate the team. For example, your team spent the previous week focusing on making necessary changes to the new project you assigned. On the final day, you describe the amendments you would want them to implement – and they look nothing similar to the original plan. Situations like these will undoubtedly stress-out your employees.
Frequently Rescheduling Meetings
Frequently missing or rescheduling the meetings will leave a negative impression on your employees. If you are juggling with many tasks and cannot confidently say that you will able available for the meeting, then don’t add a meeting into your calendar. Schedule meetings only when you genuinely have reason to do so. You are less likely to reschedule or miss a meeting if there is a real need.
Even if one of the scenarios sound familiar to you, beware that it will negatively impact your team’s growth. Make an intentional effort to evolve as a leader. To learn more, click on https://hbr.org/2020/05/5-ways-leaders-accidentally-stress-out-their-employees.