Every company has its share of both good and bad leaders. Good leaders can add a lot of value to your organization as they make employees happy while fulfilling their management duties at the same time.
You have good leaders if your managers have a clear vision of what your company aims to become, and can communicate it to employees so they feel motivated to work toward those goals.
This paves the way for a company culture where leaders drive the team’s success, with valuable help from the rest of the team.
If good leaders encourage open communication, less effective leaders are not taking advantage of how two-way communication can bring about a collaborative and fun working atmosphere around the office. There’s no genuine teamwork that makes it difficult for the unit to stay together come hell or high water.
Where does the problem lie between becoming a good leader and a leader that doesn’t seem to make the cut? A lot of it may have something to do with the journey one had to go through before becoming a leader.
If you find yourself being given a leadership position out of necessity rather than out of your own free will and personal choice, there’s obviously the danger of starting on the wrong foot.
At best, you’ll be able to perform your responsibilities. But the results may not yield significant value for your team or the company. It may be that your decisions become clouded with uncertainties, lack of perspective, or even a weak desire to excel.
Here are some ways that forced leadership can negatively impact a company:
1. Low Morale in the Workplace
As mentioned, leadership requires focusing on a given goal and strategizing around that goal. However, you can’t do it all alone. You need to be able to inspire your team to take action and execute your ideas.
Without adequate and relevant leadership experience, it’s easy to do anything that can leave employees feeling dissatisfied, from not having an open line of communication to giving unreasonable workload or making constant changes to team processes.
2. Lack of Employee Engagement
In an ideal scenario, employees are putting in above-average efforts and lifting each other up.
Good leaders are effective in promoting a work environment where everyone feels that the team is there to support them instead of thinking that they’re on their own, which may go unnoticed if you have less experienced leaders in your organization.
3. Poor Employee Retention
Much has been said about employees wanting to work with a company for as long as possible but still choose to leave because of bad managers.
When company leadership is weak, employees know they also have little chances of growing professionally, and so they would rather bring their talent and vision someplace else.
How Do You Avoid Forced Leadership?
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