Compassion In Leadership Is More Important Than You Think, Part II

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Steve Jobs isn’t the only celebrated visionary who’s been accused of being a tyrant. A new survey reveals that self-oriented bosses are more prevalent than they ever have been. Lynn Taylor, the author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant, conducted a survey in which she commissioned 1,002 adults. The survey found that 86% of Americans felt that bad boss behaviors go unnoticed all too often, and it affects far too many people.

There was also a five-year national study that was very telling with regard to harsh boss behavior. The study compared childish traits in bosses between 2004 and 2009. These traits included being self-oriented, stubborn, overly demanding, and impulsive, as well as having habits like interrupting and throwing tantrums. The result? The “self-oriented” trait increased by 50% to the top spot in those five years. Also, 7 out of 10 Americans said that “bosses and toddlers with too much power act alike.”

Aside from causing emotional unrest, abusive bosses are bad for the physical health of employees, also. A study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine researched over 3,100 men over a 10-year period in typical work settings. The result showed that employees with bosses who were inconsiderate, secretive, incompetent, and uncommunicative were 60 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks or other life-threatening conditions. This was just one of any studies showing that bosses who have bad qualities affect the physical health of their employees.

If you are a leader, remember to show compassion to your employees. It may seem that being tough as nails are how to get ahead, but it’s just as important to foster a positive work environment. It is important to do this for the health of your employees and for the benefit of your company. It is easy to crack under pressure, but if leaders have empathy for their employees instead of throwing tantrums, they are much likely to reduce this stress in the future.


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