A recent article, 4 Mistakes Really Nice Leaders Make by Peter Barron Stark says that there are leaders who are genuinely nice and will do everything to help their staff and make them satisfied. Sounds awesome, right? However, the truth is, leaders who place a high value on making everyone happy (to be liked) are not acting in the best interest of the company and its employees as well.
Here are four major blunders nice leaders do that most often lead to catastrophe.
- Inconsistent performance standards
More often, nice leaders fail to maintain high performance standards. When employees complain about their high expectations, they revise their standards and make adjustments accordingly. Without consistent standards, maintaining a high morale is unattainable.
- Unfair reward system
Employee engagement suffers when the rewards are not based upon performance, but rather are equally distributed to all. Top performers lose their engagement thinking “why should they consistently go far and beyond, when those who do the bare minimum receive the same reward?” Moreover, low performers’ morale also suffers because they can’t distinguish how their individual/team contributions are impacting the results.
- Lenient to problem employees
Leaders who want to be liked by everyone tend to be more tolerant of problem employees. They expect that the problem employees will eventually improve their attitudes/performances. When expectation doesn’t happen, they move the problem employee to another department instead of training, counseling or dismissing employees. In doing so, only wane the employees’ commitment.
- Expect things will improve eventually
Nice leaders choose to wait and hope that the situation will improve on its own. By just “hoping and hinting”, the problems remain and get worse, and morale suffers—blaming one another.
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