The task of managing the work of a team of people and ensuring a particular output is reached every time is not easy. No wonder then that many managers are busy being bosses, doing what it takes to ensure there are good results to show. Unknown to them, many bosses may be perceived as being too bossy, and this affects the morale of the workforce. Providing leadership training to managers is important for them to appreciate this point and develop a working and communicating style that goes well with all employees.
In a recent survey, when both employees and bosses were asked to rate their management style, a mere 15 percent of bosses admitted to having a commanding style whereas the percentage of employees who reported the same about their bosses was much greater at 23 percent. Not surprisingly, a majority of employees expressed their displeasure at being treated in this way. These findings should be an eye-opener for bosses who need to understand that employees perform better when treated with kindness and empathy.
A bad boss causes the employee to suffer from emotional stress that often results in a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, further aggravating the employee’s ability to perform the given task. In fact, a recent study that appeared in the Journal of Business and Psychology presented findings that linked the boss’ communication style with physical and mental ill-health in employees.
An employee who has an over-controlling boss may feel frustrated and over a period of time, even depressed about being controlled by the boss. Considering the fact that we do not lead our lives in separate compartments called “workplace” and “home,” it is but natural that this frustration spills over into our personal life. As a research team of Baylor University found , this soon begins to interfere with the way the employee interacts with his family and friends as well.
What Training can Achieve
With the right type of leadership training, managers can learn how to move from being just another “cranky boss” to a source of motivation for the entire team. Once they adopt an empathetic approach, they are bound to find an improvement in the hearing their words get. Employees who feel cared-for contribute with greater enthusiasm; this leads to boosting of morale which translates into increased productivity and profits for the organization.