Leaders, beware of the shadow you cast

Leaders: Are you aware of the direct relationship between your behaviour and your employees’ mental health?
Think about a leader who is routinely moody, loud, judgmental, aggressive, blaming and unapproachable to those who report to them, or another who says things like: “You can’t trust what you’re told here”; or “It really doesn’t matter what we think.” Consider the impact that constant negative behaviours and words have on employees’ stress level and mental health. Think back on your career experience to see if you had a leader who displayed any of these kinds of negative behaviours and their impact on you. Leaders in positions of authority who are not aware of or don’t care about how their actions impact their employees are blind to the shadow they’re casting and its impact on employees’ health, engagement and productivity.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.