The phrase “The Dark Side of Leadership” has many definitions in today’s workplace. In this seminar we will define this concept as “the inability of an individual in a leadership position to handle the power that comes with the position and the power they gain from their subordinates”. Studies indicate that a primary reason people leave an organization is directly linked to their perceived quality of their immediate supervisor. The costs to turn over an employee continue to rise and in many cases can be reduced if the correct steps are taken in advance. Understanding the theories based in psychological research that explore why people go to “the dark side” and abuse their power is an important beginning step. Personality traits, emotional intelligence levels and the absence of empathy all play important roles in this trip to the dark side.
We will discuss why an individual wants to become a leader and the traits and qualities the individual should possess to be placed in a leadership position. So many times individuals are promoted for their performance only and not for their ability to lead others. These individuals then learn on the job and from their bosses as to how power should be wielded. The culture of the organization also has a major impact on how power is used by their leaders.
Most times organizations are in a response mode with regard to issues such as this when they should be preparing to be proactive in stopping the various forms of psychological bullying due in large part to the misuse and subsequent abuse of power by their managers. We will present an outline of what an organization can do to prepare for and possibly prevent these psychological bullying issues from getting out of hand. Discussion of both the legal approaches as well as training approaches will be discussed in order for you to detour around the road to the dark side. You will takeaway best practices/guidelines for practically and effectively managing bullying situations in the workplace.
Approved for 6 hours of behavioral CPE; 5.0 SW contact hours