Bosses across the world seen as poor leaders

by 15 Feb 2012

Employees across the globe feel that their leaders are ineffective, lack empathy and have poor leadership skills, a new global report has found.

According to the report, Lessons for Leaders from the People Who Matter by talent management company DDI, which polled more than 1,200 employees from Australia, the US, Canada and Europe, one in three respondents (34%) said they only sometimes or never consider their leader to be effective, and over a third (37%) said that they are only sometimes or never motivated to give their best by their leader.

The report also revealed that employees would rather suffer a bad hangover, do housework or see their credit card bill arrive in the mail than face the prospect of sitting through a performance discussion with their boss. Not surprisingly, less than half of respondents reported that their boss ‘never damages their self-esteem’.

The survey also found that nearly half (45%) of respondents think they could be more effective than their manager, but only 46% would actually want their role. Respondents cited the additional stress, responsibility and pressure as reasons for wanting to stay where they were.

Simon Mitchell, director at DDI UK and one of the report authors, said: “Workers report that managers fail to ask for their ideas and input, are poor at work related conversations and do not provide sufficient feedback on their performance, so it’s no wonder employee engagement levels are low. Leaders remain stubbornly poor at these fundamental basics of good leadership that have little to do with the current challenging business climate.”

Mitchell added that it was important that organisations equip the people managing their workforce with these basic leadership essentials, and to ensure that managers are aware of their own blind spots in these areas.


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