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Deny Dictatorial Leadership and Boost Initiative

You may be surprised to learn that nearly half of all workers think that they could do their boss’s job better than their boss.

A study performed by DDI a few years ago discovered this little fact, and also found that about one in three employees don’t think their boss is doing an effective job. One of the big problems that leads to people thinking little of their bosses is a dictatorial leadership style. Rather than motivating employees, dictatorial leaders tend to rule by fear, threatening punishment rather than promising reward. These types of bosses are not leaders, and initiative tends to be killed by this sort of management style.

The DDI findings indicate that a dictatorial leadership style is a widespread problem. According to employees, only about 54% of supervisors involve employees in decisions about their own work. 60% of people surveyed said that their boss had damaged their self-esteem, and nearly a third of respondents said that supervisors didn’t remain calm or constructive when discussing problems.

All of these issues lead to a lack of respect, courtesy, and honesty between managers and employees. When a person feels like they are being looked down upon by their boss, they’re not going to be able to deliver their best work.

Another major problem in dictatorial leadership situations is that bosses are often perceived as doing less work than the employees that they lord over. This is a major problem that destroys workplace culture and disengages employees.

Stopping Dictatorial Leadership

One of the most effective ways to combat a dictatorial leadership style is to put people in management positions who work just as hard as their employees do. It’s also important to have managers who are empathetic to the needs of their employees and able to engage in constructive, back-and-forth discourses with everyone they work with.

If your employees aren’t performing the way they should, our employee assessments can be used to determine whether a dictatorial management style might be to blame. It’s possible that inexperienced managers might be using a dictatorial style without even realizing it. The instinct to come off as strong and in charge can sometimes go too far and lead employees to feel disrespected, when in fact the manager is simply trying to garner respect for themselves. Whatever the issue may be in your business, a comprehensive assessment of your workplace can help you identify key issues and change workplace culture for the better.

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