At every company there are always Lessons in Leadership – Don’t get arrested for killing your boss / employees. The first thing clients they tell me is the problems going on in their company. They immediately tell me frustrations around poor sales results. When you see the emotions associated with these frustrations, you can see, at times they want to just kill their people. They’re angry due to a lack of results and / or a lack of respect. Unfortunately, when speaking to their employees, there too you can see the very same anger and frustration as well as fear. Showing anger is not an effective way to get your people to produce and do more, let alone see your vision, if you have one.
All the employee sees is a very angry boss who is clearly pissed off. No one wants to piss off the Boss. In fact, unbeknownst to you, your employees will go to great lengths to avoid you and circumstances where they could piss you off. It’s kind of like when you burned your hand on the stove as a child. You learned very quickly that if touch something that is very hot this means pain. We want to avoid the pain and now as an adult you don’t even have to think about it. In a split second you learn that similar lesson. If you are getting angry at your people, you are possibly teaching them a lesson is pain that they will avoid at all costs. What lessons are you unintentionally teaching your people when you’re angry?