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Managing Risk – bullying or strong leadership?

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010


Attending a Cardinus/IISRM conference to hear Lord Young talk about his proposal to reduce unnecessary Health and Safety bureaucracy was thought provoking. Describing his area of concern as only ‘low hazard’ environments, Lord Young included workplaces as low risk. This is of particular interest to us as there are greater personal risks at work than ‘slips and trips’, especially the fairly common confusion of bullying with ‘strong leadership’. In difficult business conditions where the pressure for performance is strong, this tendency is enhanced.

Some people are deliberate and systematic bullies – Sir Fred Goodwin’s management style was often described in this way. High IQ managers are normally less deliberate in their intentions, but without the EQ competence of how to address difficult team performance issues, the impact is just as dire. As we know, bullies are often emotionally weak, with poor interpersonal skills: bullies do what is easiest for them and what they are allowed to get away with. Legislation has now defined as ‘harassment and bullying’ behaviour that some managers have traditionally viewed as a ‘strong’ management style. It’s probably then, time to help those of your team who are in danger of overstepping the mark. One of the best ways of doing this is by having a culture that supports competence and allows whistle blowing.

Talk to us, in confidence and without obligation about helping your managers develop the competence and confidence to manage effectively. Solutions that engage, motivate and fit around, rather than disrupt the business.

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