Have you ever wondered where toxic leaders hone their ineffective skills?
It's a serious question because somewhere in their career/entrepreneurial journey, they learned that their behavior would not only be tolerated but, at some point, rewarded.
"Toxic" has become a popular buzzword, so before I continue, let me define toxic leadership. I define toxic leadership as an individual who exhibits harmful behaviors towards those they are supposed to lead, manage, and support.
These individuals create fear, intimidation, and conflict within their organizations. Their actions and words cause problems for their teams and the business. In my professional experience as a Clinical Counselor and Executive Brand Coach, the characteristics of toxic leaders can be described as follows:
Power-hungry - crave power and control. They want to be in charge and make all the decisions, even if it's to the detriment of the business.
Controlling - toxic leaders often try to control the thoughts, actions, and emotions of others. They may do this through manipulation, intimidation, or even threats.
Egotistical - they have a very inflated sense of self-importance and are more focused on their own needs than those of others. They may seek constant praise or attention and have trouble empathizing with others.
Ineffective -. Their negative behaviors and attitudes can cause problems within the organization, such as low morale, poor performance, and increased turnover.
Now, I don't believe that most leaders set out to do harm to themselves and others. On the contrary, what we're witnessing, is usually an underdeveloped character and a lack of the critical skills needed to lead.
Another prime example of letting your skill take you where you're character can't sustain you.
In this article we're discussing Strategic Ways To Communicate Like A Leader:
Ineffective leaders spread their toxicity and inexperience through their communication style with subordinates. When you're clear and concise, you're more likely to get your point across without demeaning and abusive language. You can avoid being labeled a toxic leader by implementing clear metrics, being transparent about business goals, and having processes for feedback. Here's how you can apply this advice to your communications:
Be Clear And Concise
The key to effective communication is to use straightforward language. Avoid jargon and technical terms unless you are sure that your audience will understand. Use examples to illustrate your points, and check for comprehension frequently. If your audience does not follow you, try rephrasing your points or using different words.
Finally, remember to stay on topic and resist going off on tangents. If you need to digress for a moment, be sure to bring the discussion back to the main point eventually.
Be Transparent About Business Goals & Provide The Tools Your Team Need To Succeed
Toxic leaders are born out of environments lacking transparency. At all costs, avoid secrecy and ambiguity in your messaging. Prepare your communications by deciding what information needs to be shared and setting expectations- this includes setting timelines, KPIs, and desired outcomes. Your team can't hit the goal without a target.
Equally important is sharing relevant information or data to help your team succeed and meet their individual goals.
Solicit feedback and ask questions
Soliciting feedback is a critical part of leadership. To avoid being labeled as a toxic leader, realize that as the head, your eye is focused on the big picture. This means you usually don't have access to the details your team or department heads have.
Create systems that solicit feedback from your team when starting new projects and adding additional workload to departments.
The information you gain can be crucial to growth.
Lastly, consider your tone and the words you use when communicating, as they have power and can either build a positive culture or a toxic one. To avoid being labeled as a toxic leader, it is essential to always strive for effective communication.