Managers who are too severe can be a big downside for staff members. No one wants to feel like they are being bullied at work or their manager is overly abrasive and aggressive in providing feedback. A manager with a harsh leadership style could reduce employee motivation if staff members feel they are being treated badly. Managers who are overly harsh could also end up increasing turnover as staff members leave in search of someone nicer to work for.
As a manager, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you are being too severe or if you are striking the right balance with your leadership style. A few warning signs that you may be coming on too strong include the following:
You regularly raise your voice to assert your dominance. If you feel like you should yell to be heard, you're not communicating properly. People tend to become much more defensive when they're yelled at and they often tune out the actual words and focus on the anger in your tone. Watch your modulation so you come across as though you're providing guidance and instruction, not scolding or shouting at your staff.
You use strong gestures. Do you find yourself banging on the table, pointing angrily at staff members when you give feedback or otherwise using aggressive gestures? Your body language could also cause staff members to go on the defensive and could make them feel as if they're working in a hostile environment where you could fly off the handle at any moment.
You fail to feel empathy or show emotion. Staff members tend to respond best to managers who tailor their training to the candidate's learning style and who try to understand where staff is coming from. Most people like to feel connected to their boss and know their boss cares about their success. If you don't show emotions and don't try to understand where your staff is coming from, you won't build strong relationships that inspire staff to follow your lead.
You constantly pull rank. While your staff should listen to your instructions because they are your subordinates, you shouldn't rely on a "because I said so" attitude to get them to follow your lead. Instead, explain tasks and help staff understand the purpose of their work so they will be more motivated to do it well.
You shouldn't need to be a harsh manager to inspire your staff members to do their best work. You need a good team who can flourish under strong but sensitive leadership. Eastridge Workforce Solutions can help you to hire staff members who will do well working underneath you so you can be a powerful and positive leader. Give our staffing service a call today to find out more about how we can help.