Abrasive Leaders

As a senior executive or HR leader, you may be worried about the abrasive behaviour of one of the leaders (or non-management top performers) in your organization. Otherwise a high-performing, highly valued member of your leadership cadre, this person’s conduct is tainted with excessive harshness. And though you may not have witnessed any problematic behaviours first-hand, complaints have been coming in.

True, this abrasive person may not intend to harm others. He or she is fully committed to the organization and are doing their utter best to achieve first-rate business outcomes. However, their rough style has forced you to contend with (any or all of) high staff turnover, increased sick and stress leaves, transfer requests, low morale, human rights or harassment complaints that have happened (or will happen any day now), union upset, legal or mediation costs, stifled innovation, damage to your brand’s reputation, and… valuable executive resources wasted on dealing with this matter.

You may think that your options are limited to only two: fire him or her (with all the associated costs and loss of crucial expertise), or put up with the behaviour (with all the damage caused by the abrasiveness).  And neither of these options is palatable.

But now there is another way, an Option #3: KEEP THE PERSON – AND HELP HIM (OR HER) CHANGE.

Our REAL™ Program for Abrasive Leaders is designed to successfully accomplish Option No. 3. It delivers a win-win solution for everyone involved: the organization, the abrasive leader, the work unit and of course you personally (no more of those sleepless nights).

Contact us today discuss how the REAL™ Program for Abrasive Leaders can help you.

Or use our proprietary, free Abrasive Leader Risk Assessment tool to evaluate the risks that the abrasive behaviour is triggering.  Submit it to us for comments, or simply use it for your own internal purposes.

Also, here are free resources for you to explore:

The business case for a respectful workplace A collection of data and figures that help you quantify why it makes good business sense to maintain a respectful workplace.

Our Blog – Check out our blog entries focused on respectful workplace issues.

Learning Hub – Learn for free together with your team. Initiate thoughtful discussion in your team about respectful workplace issues using our Learning Hub tools.

Articles – These published articles explore various aspects related to incivility, workplace harassment and workplace bullying.

Three Common Myths – There are three most common myths pertaining to abrasive managers.

The Boss Whispering Institute – Research and information about ways to solve the problem of abrasive leaders (sometimes referred to as ‘bully bosses’) using the Boss Whispering method from which our REAL™ Program for Abrasive Leaders draws inspiration.


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