While supervisors who bully are far less tolerated today than a few decades ago, they are still out there.  They tend to be found more in middle management than toward the top, and they are abundant in small companies.  This may seem silly to ask, but why don’t you want to have bullies in your organization?  Here are some common sense answers:

  • While some bullying techniques may occasionally get short term results, you are at best getting compliance.  The workers motivation is primarily to keep their boss happy or off their back.  Lost will be any emotional attachment to company performance.  In the long run, productivity stagnates.
  • A bully’s motivation is not usually aligned with business performance.  They are often on ego power trips trying to prove their importance.  So even if employees are 100% complying with their supervisor’s wishes, the results may not benefit your business.
  • Bullying creates resentment and often results in backlash behavior, employees lose all emotional attachment to company success – they become disengaged.
  • Eventually you will lose your talent as they will not tolerate working in a “bullying” environment..

Leadership behavior is critical to fostering engagement in your organization.  It is vital that you develop, cultivate and choose leaders whose leadership style is consistent with your business objectives.  

Bullies are far more prevalent in small businesses than large corporations, probably because small businesses do not have the professional resources and sophistication in-house to deal and monitor with leadership behavior. What can small businesses do to thwart and remove bullies from their organization?

A good leadership development program will assess your current leadership styles, identify undesirable behavior patterns and establish programs to correct problems and develop behaviors that foster engagement in your organization.  MG Assessments has some on-line programs that will fit a small business budget.  They have been implemented with great success in thousands of small businesses.   Contact us or go to our leadership development program section on our website.