There are a lot of bad leadership styles that wreak havoc in workplaces around the world, but the worst is:
This awful leadership style is practiced by people who feel powerless inside, usually because of things they endured in their own families, and then feel they have to take it out on their employees. The Tyrant marches around giving orders, demanding complete obedience, and getting really angry when things don't go his or her way. They are not open to suggestions and only really care about bossing people around no matter how miserable it makes everyone. Their only concern is the bottom line, people don't matter and human emotions are a foreign concept. Tyrants don't listen and don't care what their employees have to say, they just care about looking "strong" and in command.
The Tyrant lacks empathy and has no idea what the consequences of his actions are. Strangely enough, even though we instinctively know that tyranny is not a positive thing, most workplaces are run by people like this or some variation thereof. We've somehow convinced ourselves that the best leadership model is where some "strong" person walks around barking orders and punishing people if they don't follow them. The common variation on this theme is the person that does these things but smiles once in a while.
We can do better than this, here's how:
- Encourage leaders to become self-aware and emotionally intelligent, to understand why they feel, think, and act the way they do.
- Have leaders work through their own personal issues before trying to lead others.
- Provide training that builds empathy and compassion.
- Teach leaders how to motivate people from within.
- Promote workplaces where people come first instead of the bottom line.
- Teach kind leadership, which means leaders who are able to motivate their employees through kindness instead of fear and control.
- Commit to building workplaces where people are nice to one another.
None of these things is unachievable, it's just that we've designed our workplaces to revolve around some hurt person giving orders when there are a lot of much more positive things we can do instead. Contrary to popular belief, you can get a lot done without treating people poorly. What are your suggestions for getting rid of tyrants?