Many people keep talking about boss sadism. Experts say that the reason for being toxic is their lack of leadership qualities. But new studies show evidence that this toxicity is having a negative impact on the health of those who work with it. Psychiatrists say that the continuous stress caused by bosses at workplaces is indirectly responsible for many diseases ranging from heart problems, diabetes, asthma, anxiety, premature aging to cancer. Well-being expert Simone L. Dolan states that this is having a bad effect on their health. He revealed this in his book De-Stress At Work – Understanding and Combatting Chronic Stress2. It explains how destructive the influence of toxic leaders can be.
Is our boss toxic?
Professor Dolan mentions some characteristics and explains how leaders with these characteristics can be harmful to their team.
- Gets jealous if the team looks successful.
- Always thinks only of the competition and sees others as enemies and is constantly worried.
- Often wants to take credit for other people’s work.
- Believes that only the latest results increase their worth.
- To satisfy ego, knowingly or unknowingly abuses power.
- Bad bosses do not hesitate to hurt not only their team members, but also themselves.
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Professor Dolan stated that the stereotypical boss with too much power is very harmful. The situations they faced in life, their past experiences may have made them toxic. There are various factors behind their toxicity.
According to Professor Dolan, their lack of self-confidence and the temptation to show their worth to others makes them more toxic. How well those in power can manage stress depends on how healthy the working environment is. Experts explain that stress increases when there is no such situation. It’s all about emotional intelligence. Continuous stress in such a situation causes illnesses and becomes fatal.
Even if some people do not have enough self-confidence at first, self-confidence can be increased by changing the level of internal awareness. So even the bosses know that they have to assess their own weaknesses and strengths and be realistic and ready to learn at every moment. Professor Dolan says that bosses should recognize the difference between confidence and overconfidence.
To grow as a great leader, it is not enough to have self-confidence, the professor advises to be respectful, supportive, and supportive of everyone’s growth. And, what are your bosses like? If even one of the above characteristics are combined.. they are harmful to your career.
Note: Information collected from various studies, researches and health journals is provided here as usual for your understanding. This information is not a substitute for medical care or treatment. If you have any doubts regarding health, you should definitely consult a doctor. For the items mentioned in this article, “ABP Country”, ‘ABP Network’ Note that no liability is assumed.
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