Negative leadership

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Negative leadership is based on achieving objectives at any cost, even if it negatively affects the members of the organization.

Although the principle of the concept of leadership is that it is always positive, there is also a negative type of leadership and it is based, mainly, on achieving the objectives at any cost.

It is precisely this last point that has made it possible for a type of negative leadership to persist in organizations. Meet the objectives, meet the goals and constantly make improvements in processes, but not in people.

But these points do not have to do with leadership, but rather are aspects of strategy and management control, which allow planning, establishing objectives, goals, strategies, means, managers, and so on. That is designing processes and organizing responsibilities through measurable actions.

Those responsible for meeting these objectives and goals, fulfill a contextual role of leader, because they have people under their responsibility, so they exercise control from a supervisory method, rather than motivation. They react when the indicator is red, but they do not propose actions to improve the culture of the organization.

So if they don't promote the improvement of organizational culture, why are they leaders?

Types of leadership

Characteristics of negative leaders

Mainly negative leaders exist because their method works; they achieve the objectives and goals in the scheduled time. Therefore, in light of the results, their work is good and it is not necessary to investigate the processes, much less, the people who participated in said process.

This being the case, how to identify a negative leader from a positive one, if both can achieve good results?

This is precisely where the difference occurs, because a good leader not only achieves good results, but is also capable of achieving extraordinary results. Add the component of motivation in the organizational culture, which draws the attention of knowing how with the same resources one leader could do much more than another.

Those who have worked for several years in the same company have probably realized how important human relationships are between the manager and his / her subordinates. The reason why today the work environment is a matter of study, like coaching and of course, leadership.

The concepts of mission and vision

The concepts of mission and vision arose from a study that Jim Collins carried out and that resulted in the book "Companies that last", in 1995, which already talks about organizational culture and takes into account the human factor in the performance of companies . In other words, people are not a resource ‚ÄĚthat can be manipulated as planned on paper. In contrast, they are an ally to which the leader must adapt to get them motivated by the same purpose.

Then negative leadership is invalidated as a leadership style and is conceptually limited to a way of achieving objectives, since it does not take into account the transmission of purpose, the value of people, nor does it see the opportunity to achieve extraordinary results. On the contrary, he only visualizes a goal and works to fulfill it, not to exceed it by far.

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