Are You Being Managed By Fear ?
The 20 Drop-Dead Signs That It Is Happening
We all have had "difficult" managers; however, sometimes difficult becomes management by fear or intimidation. The tragedy is, many of these leaders and managers do not KNOW that this is
how they are managing. With years of going uncontested, even encouraged by cultures that allow this approach to leadership, a manager can not only lose their potential to excel, but can drive away great employees and take departments down in the process.
And yet, the good news is- change can occur.
Everyone has the capacity to change, when they are given the feedback they require and the concrete intervention and coaching
they need to step into their full potential.
Check all that apply below based on experiences you may have had in the past or even the present. Use the key at the bottom to get a reading on what action should or could be taken.
The need to control others actions by micro-managing detail or situations in which the employee has proven competency
Secret telling is the norm rather than the exception
Employees are resistant/hesitant to share their perceptions because of retribution
Favoritism towards specific employees is occurring regularly
Factioning among employees is common- with those who support the manager on "one side" (often the favored employees) and those who are not in the "favored group" on the other
Emotional Impulsivity to "vent" is happening by the manager, even if its consequences are negative
Productivity is down
Increased examples of employee "infighting" or vying for power to gain position within the group
Some subjects are "taboo"- employees know that if they talk about them, there will be negative consequences
Meetings are often one-way monologues versus participatory
Language is embedded with chronic negativity, examples including: "sniping", "digs", tone and pitch is raised, "yelling" at employees is considered "ok"
Public humiliation in meetings or other forums occurs
Downward trend in employee initiative, there is a growing sense of being paralyzed by employees- taking initiative, acting independently receives retribution or worse
Absenteeism, tardiness, firing or employees "quitting" trends on the rise
Performance evaluations are dreaded because it is not being used to identify potential and track progress but to intimidate and hold employees "in place"
The idea of truth-telling- having honest conversations about the human dynamics of the team is non-existent
Posturing is commonplace among employees or team-leads: meaning, that employees will take every opportunity to "one-up" a team mate to gain advantage
Time is lost due to gossiping about the manager
Attempts at helping or intervening by other managers are rebuffed due to fear of retribution; Manager might respond with this disconnect...."What is the problem?"
There is a "black and white", "right" and "wrong" polarized view of the world and workplace behavior
10 OR MORE?
It is time for an intervention with your manager or leader!
Why I know things can change...
Best Regards, Mary