Bad leaders suck life-force from their teams. They don’t mean to. And yet, contagious yawns permeate the workplace. Low energy abounds. Why?
10 Energy Zappers
1. Blurry vision
Working frantically without a clear purpose is dumb. With pressure, dumb morphs into exhausting. Leaders must clearly communicate the vision and engage the team.
2. Lack of connection
If everyone around you is gung-ho, and you don’t get it… look within. It’s not them, it’s you. That’s great data. If you have one person on your team who you just can get there… perhaps it’s time for a tough conversation. Learn what they really want to do.
3. Missing information
Without information we make stuff up; make-believe is always worse than the truth. Filling in blanks is exhausting.
Folks want the truth… about the dynamics and safety of their organization, the market forces and challenges, competitive moves… and yes… where they stand. Not knowing dims life-force.
5. Feeling stuck
Lack of career growth or forward progress. Help your team grow.
6. Personal ick
One follower wrote,
“What gets me down or out of my regular mode of existence… cold weather and not having a lover.”
Honest feedback. We’ve all got our stuff. Leaders must lead humans, even in the winter. He added:
“Nothing or no one can demotivate me. I’m the ony person who can motivate myself.”
Yes! Tap into, and encourage, the personal elements in your leadership. Your team may need a listening ear and an understanding heart…more than a pep rally.
7. Too many priorities
Overwhelmed confuses energy. Refine focus to streamline energy.
8. Unattended conflict
Healthy conflict energizes. Buried conflict exhausts.
Monotony leads to sleepy. Mix it up. Create challenges. Find fun in repetitive tasks.
10. Festering negativity
Even one whiner makes people crazy. Take Mr. Negative aside and get underneath. When others complain to you encourage straight talk. Don’t underestimate the impact of a loud negative minority.
What would you add as number 11?
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