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.
During Women’s Business Leadership Coaching sessions, I’m frequently asked, “How can I coach an uncoachable employee? A toxic team member?” This article series, “How Exemplary Leaders Transform Toxic Employees Into Excellent Team Members,” explores a variety of women’s leadership tips for coaching employees who present you with challenging behaviors, such as underperformance, lack of motivation, passive-aggressiveness, harmful gossip, obstructing productivity, manipulating or controlling other employees, pessimism, narcissism, cynicism and distrust of your leadership. Using the proven “Seven-Step Plan for Transforming Toxic Employees into Excellent Team Members”, you’ll resolve your most difficult challenges with both employees and superiors.
Your parents were your first role models for leadership because they managed your family. Even if you totally rejected your parents’ leadership methods, your childhood influenced your leadership style, success and confidence and established specific triggers for leadership anxiety. To become a truly successful woman leader, it’s essential to discover and delete hidden sources of leadership anxiety and define your personal Authentic Leadership Style. Use Women’s Leadership Coaching to do this because your authentic leadership style is most likely quite different from your family’s management patterns.
Leadership anxiety is increasingly abundant and women leaders are more susceptible than men. Some of the causes of management worries are apparent, like layoffs and workplace conflicts. Other potent causes of leadership anxiety are hidden, including those discussed in this article. Although most people are unaware of the negative effects of dysfunctional parental beliefs and behaviors on leadership success and confidence, they are one of the most common causes of leadership fears and unease. Self-awareness, developing trust of one’s self and others, setting healthy boundaries and a solid support network, assertiveness training, confidence building and other leadership tools described in this Women’s Leadership Confidence series are proven ways to prevent and alleviate women’s leadership anxiety.
Discover proven solutions to challenges of attracting and retaining Millennials in leadership positions. This is critically important to all successful women leaders because less than 10% of Millennials say they are interested in management careers. Even those who are interested in management are difficult to retain in leadership positions. Use this article to redesign work structure, career options and benefits programs, develop Millennial loyalty, resolve generational conflicts and stereotypes, understand the Millennial mindset and appeal to Millennial Core Career Requirements.