Have you ever been so stressed at the thought of continuing to work with an ineffective leader — a "terrible leader" — that you become physically ill? If so, you are not alone. I have been there. 7 times.
Oftentimes, a terrible, ineffective leader will demonstrate behaviors such as low emotional intelligence, disrespect, bias, intimidation, lack of empathy, support, recognition, and self-accountability.
The individual consequences of employees dealing with behaviors like these can impact an employee's whole life and manifest as fatigue, irritability, anger, lack of motivation, headaches, and heart attacks. One report examining the relationship between workplace stressors and mortality claims that "more than 120,000 deaths per year and approximately 5%–8% of annual healthcare costs are associated with and may be attributable to how U.S. companies manage their workforces."
Pretty serious, huh? Unfortunately, we don't always have the ability to quit on the spot. So how do we deal? I decided to run through an ode to all 7 of my terrible leaders - and provide some learnings and tips that you can use to survive while you plan for the future.
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