April 15, 2019 By Jen Mathews
July 16, 2018
7 Bad Habits (and Fixes) of the Highly Ineffective Leader
Chances are, you or someone you know has worked — or now works —remotely. Hybrid teams of remote and in-house employees are popping up all over the country. A 2017 Gallup report found that 43 percent of U.S. employees worked at least part of the time out of the office. It’s becoming the new norm in the workplace. And with the number of remote workers steadily growing, leaders are having to rethink their leadership tactics.
Motivating employees is no walk in the park in any setting, but when an increasing number of them are not physically at the office, all sorts of problems can crop up. A poor team dynamic could negatively impact not only productivity, but also employee morale. As a leader, it’s up to you to create a healthy dynamic.
Here are seven bad habits of ineffective leaders —so you know what NOT to do — and how to fix them.
In a distributed team, it’s easy to forget those who are not in the office (out of sight, out of mind, right?). When you’re being pulled in different directions, even on-site employees may think they’re getting a cold shoulder from you.
‘Big picture’ disconnect
When someone doesn’t know how their particular role or project connects to the company’s goals and mission, they may feel like they’re just punching the clock. It’s tough to energize a team if they don’t believe they’re part of something bigger than themselves.
Lack of feedback
Let’s be honest, we all need to feel validated and valued. Lack of feedback can lead to second-guessing and low morale among employees and is a sure sign of an ineffective leader.
Meetings get a bad rap — and let’s face it, some of that is well-deserved. Consistently unproductive meetings tell your team that you don’t value their time.
Lack of professional development
Learning and growth opportunities are an employee expectation now, especially for millennials, but some employers are still stuck in the last decade.
Weak team bonds
A Harvard Business Review survey found that building trust is a challenge for remote employees. An ineffective leader is great at keeping it this way, resulting in bad office politics and a lack of collaboration, among other things. The leader’s role is to help create camaraderie.
Shaky personal relationships
Are you always focusing conversations on work? What you’re saying is that nothing matters but the bottom line. Can you blame your employees for lack of loyalty if you don’t know each other personally?
Habits are hard to break (or, at least, bad ones), but ineffective leadership habits will inevitably get in the way of your team’s success. Here’s a little tip: You don’t have to break these habits alone. Let the team help — after all, you’re part of the team, too. Be open and honest, and start setting goals together. You’ll see results faster than you think.TRY join.me FREE!
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