No one likes to work under the leadership of an incompetent boss, no matter how good you are at your work.
Even if you’re achieving the targeted goals of your organization, it doesn’t mean that you are a good leader.
A leader can leave a positive or negative impact on the performance of their team members based on their attitude, communication skills and team management.
To become successful, you need to master certain leadership skills. To do that, you need to avoid these 6 behaviors:
1. Putting Staff Under Excessive Stress
A good leader needs to remain motivated and ambitious to meet the goals and objectives of their organization. Many team leaders tend to pressure or keep their staff under excessive stress to do so.
This creates feelings of anxiety and dissatisfaction among the team, which ultimately affects their performance and productivity levels.
Many employees are unable to handle stress from excessive amounts of work. It negatively affects their health.
A good leader needs to give enough time for completion of a particular project. This will allow everyone to relax and rejuvenate themselves before starting a new project.
2. Delay in Making Decisions
A big sign of a weak leader is their negligence or forced delay in making necessary decisions. Such an attitude can either result from feelings of uncertainty or a lack of confidence in decision making.
Ideally, a weak leader tends to keep delaying the decision until the last moment so that they can blame the adverse effects of such poor decisions on other things, such as lack of time, resources or information.
3. Lack of Effective Communication Skills
Having poor communication skills is another example of a weak leader. Such leaders are so concerned about meeting the deadlines of projects that they tend to ignore giving appropriate training and support to team members involved in the project.
This creates confusion and uncertainty among the team because they are given poor or incomplete guidelines.
At times, many employees hesitate to ask for clearer details and tend to work based on their own interpretation of the given task or assignment. This leads to further confusion regarding achieving organizational goals.
4. Needless and Disrespectful Criticism of Team Members
Pointing out an employee’s poor performance or professional weaknesses in front of other people or during a group meeting is a significant trait of a weak leader. It showcases a leader’s inability to think before acting.
Weak leaders hide their professional negligence by criticizing others in a meeting or a discussion.
Even if an employee or a team member is genuinely at fault or not performing well, a good leader should avoid criticizing in public. Do it privately instead.
Moreover, such an attitude is not tolerated by competent employees for a longer period of time. A leader will be left with team members who aren’t confident enough to report or take action against such unfair behavior.
5. Assigning Tasks Selectively
Assigning multiple workers on a special project is not as effective as it seems, especially when your employees will later know about it.
Since you’ll be able to pick only one assignment assigned by you to multiple employees, it will create an unpleasant feeling of dissatisfaction and rejection among those employees whose work was not selected.
Assigning the same project to multiple employees also wastes their time, that which could have been invested in a different project.
6. Inability to Give Constructive Feedback
Providing constructive and honest feedback is crucial. To keep all employees happy, a weak team leader will avoid giving necessary feedback.
Feedback can be about an employee’s performance regarding a particular project or their overall contribution to the organization.
By refraining from giving honest feedback, a team leader can cause a feeling of uncertainty in an employee, particularly if they’re looking forward to a promotion and aren’t getting it due to poor performance, which they aren’t even aware of.
What Should Leaders Be Avoiding?
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