As a fictional character, Scarlett O'Hara provides a prime example of what can happen when the wrong person wields power in uncertain times. Her behavior consistently crossed ethical boundaries. Scarlett's manipulative and authoritarian styles (amplified by desperation to survive, or even thrive) forced others to cross those boundaries with her. People had a choice (but didn’t see it) because taking a stand would have challenged the social conventions they held so dear. People felt more comfortable gossiping about Scarlett’s outrageous behavior than addressing issues directly. That was their critical mistake.
Posts tagged ‘leadership style’
Sometimes talking "at" each other lies at the root of miscommunication. If you find yourself saying the same thing over and over to employees without changing outcomes, then you've got to try new ways to get them on the same page. See what happened when I modified an old Management by Objectives (MBO) framework.
Control is an illusion that gets in the way of a manager's ability to lead. When you tell people what (and how) to do their jobs, employees shut down. Micromanagement makes employees feel that nothing they do is 'good enough' and strips their sense pride and responsibility. What employees really want is autonomy, mastery, and a sense of purpose. A manager's extreme desire to control hampers a company's ability to compete in the marketplace.
More than 70% of American employees want to leave their jobs due to poor leadership and just plain bad management. Unhappiness breeds more unhappiness. More than half of senior managers say they'd like to quit. Much of this dissatisfaction stems from an authoritarian leadership style. Turning a dysfunctional workplace around takes hard work combined with the right attitude...