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Just In! A-hole Leaders Can Kill More Than Motivation

September 21st, 2017

 

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A study of 6,000 civil servants revealed that when their bosses criticized them unfairly, didn’t listen to their problems and rarely praised them the consequences were more than you might think. Those at the mercy of the a-hold boss suffered more angina, heart attacks and deaths from heart disease!*

So what?

Incivility on the part of leaders not only diminishes commitment and drive, it can be a killer!

What to do?

Sutton* advises leaders to be “part of the solution, not the problem.” He proposes seven actions for leaders as they embark on what he refers to as a personal philosophy. Five of the most powerful are:

1. Be clear that certain types of behavior will not be tolerated.

2. Even if you do not treat people badly yourself, do you enable others to do so?

3. Stand up for yourself and others when you are or others are treated badly.

4. Look in the mirror, take a good look to see if you are part of the problem.

5. Apologize after behaving badly. Do it because you mean it – not just to get off the hook. And be clear that your intention is to not do it again.

*As reported by Robert Sutton, professor of organizational behavior, management science and engineering at Stanford and author of “The No Asshole Rule” and “The Asshole Survival Guide.”

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