Thoughts on Leadership Coaching

Leadership – On Gossip and Criticism

Here are some thoughts on gossip and criticism.  Two things that spoil a company’s culture and unity of purpose are gossip and criticism. To avoid these divisive things, we must realize that as a company, we’re all in the same boat and need each to work effectively and productively together.

gossip criticismIn a tough world economy, with strong competition, leaders must pull employees together without engaging in gossip and criticism, and take action against gossip and criticism whenever it is observed or reported. Gossip and criticism are sure ways of disrupting any team by undermining trust and transparency. Neither gossip nor criticism helps anyone to work more productively or effectively.

Workplace gossip can harm employee morale. Conversations in the workplace affects everyone. Even if particular employees are not directly involved in the conversation, gossip damages the relationships of fellow employees and creates a toxic working environment.

Criticism of colleagues and employees can seen to be necessary for managing the workforce and for reaching corporate goals.  Often it has the opposite effect.  Using the right method of communication and motivation to reenforce the behaviors that drive workforce productivity will go a long way toward preserving and salvaging employee morale. A workplace without gossip and criticism can help both retain employees and improve workplace productivity.

AS A LEADER, DO YOU AVOID GOSSIP AND CRITICISM, AND MODEL CONSTRUCTIVE AND TRANSPARENT COMMUNICATION?

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