Through their actions and decisions, leaders highly impact your overall job experience.
For the most part, they are responsible for your motivation, responsibilities, career prospects, work-life balance, engagement and alignment.
Wondering how leadership can demotivate teams?
Motivation is the combination of traits that drive someone to achieve their goals.
Therefore, demotivation occurs when there is a significant loss of drive, eagerness or willingness to do the work.
The loss of motivation mostly translates itself into:
- Increased absenteeism,
- Long lunches and breaks during working hours,
- Unprofessionalism, distraction and disconnection from the job,
- Distance and disconnection from others,
- Desire to distract others.
Unfortunately, toxic leaders are often the cause of said demotivation.
1. Toxic leaders are closed to new ideas
Not only are they closed to new ideas, they will gladly criticize and shut others down.
Furthermore, they do not embrace change. They will usually think that they know best and will follow through on bad ideas despite the evidence of the contrary.
2. Toxic leaders encourage toxicity
They let bad behavior go unchecked.
Illegal behaviors such as toxic competition, sexual harassment, prurient curiosity, invasion of privacy, racism, sexism and discriminatory speeches are ignored, celebrated and are embedded in the company culture.
3. Toxic leaders don’t lead by example
They avoid engaging in difficult tasks or challenging conversations.
They also behave poorly but get away with it because they have the power to do so or because human resources turn a blind eye to their behavior.
4. Toxic leaders pressure their team to meet unrealistic expectations
As a leader, ensuring that your team members meet the bottom line is surely important.
However, employees who cannot meet unrealistic goals tend to get demotivated and quit.
5. Toxic leaders treat their team like a commodity
They feel free to disrespect their team members, take advantage of people or play with their team like pawns.
They also feel free to fire people or demonstrate that they are replaceable.
Demotivated perform at their minimal best but not because they lack discipline.
6. Toxic leaders are in constant competition
Competitive and jealous leaders have huge egos and very low self esteem.
In this scenario, high performers tend to go unrecognized and unrewarded.
Even worse, their ideas are stolen and their achievements ignored.
7. Toxic leaders micromanage
Leaders who micromanage lack trust in the abilities of their team members.
They don’t allow their team to make or correct mistakes.
8. Toxic leaders don’t listen
Bad leaders don’t listen to anyone or anything.
By doing so, they don’t understand their team members potential and don’t adapt projects to them.
The reality is that when teams don’t feel heard, they ultimately get demotivated.
9. Toxic leaders don’t believe in work relationships
They are unaware of their team members responsibilities.
Leaders who don’t work on a relationship with their team members rarely notice when a team member gets demotivated.
10. Toxic leaders don’t communicate objectives
When teams don’t see the bigger picture or feel like they are in the loop, they become unable to measure their performance, involvement and their impact.
11. Toxic leaders brew conflict
They pit employees one against the other, play favorites and treat others unfairly.
That way, while employees are occupied fighting, nobody has the time they question their poor leadership.
In that case, motivation is lossed and employees usually quit.
12. Toxic leaders are not flexible
They don’t allow remote working and don’t encourage a healthy work-life balance.
They are oblivious to the fact that motivated teams contribute twice as more than demotivated ones.
Last Words Of Advice
People don’t leave jobs, they leave terrible leaders.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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