Leading though criticism: How to drive people away

by David Lykken15 Jun 2017
Throughout the history of business, there have been as many leadership styles as there have been leaders. We're all different, so we all have different approaches to running an organization and managing the people within it. That being said, just because every leadership style is different, that doesn't mean every leadership style is equal. Some, we must admit, will probably work better than others.

Some leaders have ruled with an iron first, slinking through the office and looking for employees to yell at. They're quick to criticize and refuse to accept excuses, no matter the circumstances. When push comes to shove, they aren't afraid to terminate their people, because they figure they can always just get someone else to fill the spot. Needless to say, leaders with this kind of leadership style don't place much value on their workers.

How effective do you think such a leadership style is? Well, let me ask the question in a different way: what kind of employees do you think such a leadership style attracts? Probably not the best, right? The only people who would stay working with leaders like this would probably only do so because they don't have any other options. The best employees would simply go elsewhere. So, I would venture to say, being such a critical leader would not be quite as effective because you wouldn't be attracting and keeping the caliber of employee necessary to remain competitive.

So, what about you? What kind of leadership style do you have? Do you find yourself looking for mistakes, desperately searching for reasons to scold your people? If so, you might want to rethink your strategy. If you want to hire good people and actually get them to stay, you've got to treat them with respect.

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