/ / Good v Bad Leadership

Good v Bad Leadership

If you’re a good leader, do you make the people around you more likely to become good leaders as well? Zenger Folkman (click here to read the article published in the Harvard Business Review) conducted a study where they examined 360-degree assessments of high-level managers and of their direct reports who were mid-level managers. The purpose of this study was to determine whether “social contagion” affects leaders and to see which behaviours are most readily “caught”. As predicted, significant correlations were found on a variety of behaviours. Good high-level leaders inspire better leadership behaviours among their mid-level managers, while bad high-level leaders do the contrary.

Additional studies further down in the organisation demonstrated that this is not just limited to those working directly for you, but it can also affect the engagement of the people working for them. Furthermore, your behaviours, whether good or bad, are likely to be mimicked by others in your life – whether it be your peers, your partner, or your children. This demonstrates what a significant impact leaders can have on those around them and hopefully will motivate you to try changing your poor leadership ways.

About the Author: Noel Reid

Noel Reid
Noel has over 30 years’ experience as an operational leader and trainer in the government, not for profit and commercial sectors. His service in the military helped shape his early leadership career and he has been able to transfer these lessons and skills to the business environment. He is a sought after executive coach who has assisted the development of senior executives in all sectors and industries. An experienced facilitator who has delivered high value training programs around the world, Noel is able to engage with the audience to maximise the learning outcomes. He holds an MBA (Leadership & Communication), an Associate Diploma of Human & Physical Resource Management, a Diploma of Training Design and Development and a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training.

Free report

Creating a feedback culture