Toxic Leadership Behaviors: Replace These 5 to Attract Great Talent
Leaders, you have great impact on attracting and keeping top talent. There are also many toxic leadership behaviors that drive talent away. Here’s a checklist of the top 5 that repel top talent.
Toxic Leadership Behaviors Repel for 3 Reasons
- They seriously reduce quality of life – the QL factor or
- They make it unnecessarily difficult to succeed – the BS factor or
- They indirectly cost the talent money – the Net Loss factor.
Replace These 5 Toxic Leadership Behaviors to Attract Top Talent
Highly disorganized or uncertain. Top talent blossom when leaders set a clear vision. Wandering through a disorganized morass when deadlines loom, leaves talent wondering if success is possible. They envision more attractive opportunities and yearn for success. Replace disorganization and uncertainty with valuable vision.
Negativity. Top talent wants to hear what is possible. They feed off of a reality of belief, ideas, and action. Negativity drains their spirit for they see it as unnecessary difficulty. Replace this drain with energy and a call to action.
Perfectionism. Top talent see this as a triple whammy. It always comes across as unnecessary stress, it reduces the quality of their work life, and it costs them money. How? By reducing the time they can spend learning or accomplishing other valuable tasks or opportunities. Replace the scourge of perfectionism with the goal of excellence. What a difference!
Fear of failure. Whether it’s the leaders who fear failure or the managers they delegate to, the behaviors that fear produces demoralize others. Replace delegation based on occupational skill with delegation based on inspirational leadership ability. Otherwise, top talent will move on to work with project managers and directors who aren’t stuck in fear.
Me-itis. Top talent tend to love a confident humble leader. Self-absorbed arrogant leaders drive top talent away like a fire alarm. Replace the comfort of me-itis with a belief in what the top talent can produce for the organization.
Attracting top talent today is quite different than years ago. Many traditional leaders thought that casting doubt about a talent’s skill would make them work harder to prove them wrong. Today top talent sees that as a pointless exercise and a giant waste of time, talent, and money.
What other toxic leadership behaviors would you add to this list?
From professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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