Employees are increasingly anxious or stressed at work, particularly younger workers (Millennials and Generation Zs). It’s critical that you understand what leadership styles increase employee anxiety and stress and which leadership strategies calm anxious employees and elevate their confidence and work performance. Otherwise, you’ll continue to experience negative effects on employee engagement, motivation and productivity, followed by turnover and burnout issues. Workplace worries and tensions travel from one worker to the next, across teams and divisions, impacting customers, clients and profits.
A guaranteed recipe for leadership failure is to think your team’s success is about you. Your leadership success depends on how well you empower your direct reports and team members to meet goals they enthusiastically co-design because they are convinced those goals will ensure their long-term career success. Another ingredient to brew a leadership failure stew is to sidestep your duty to consistently monitor your own strengths and weaknesses. This article will help you identify some of your hidden assets and liabilities so you can enjoy the rich rewards that eventually flow to exemplary leaders, including the sheer joy of observing winning teams be ecstatic about their success.