Rather sadly I am not surprised by these figures below. It is all too easy to focus on the negative, especially when times are difficult and the pressure on senior leadership is particularly intense.
However difficult times are not an excuse to ignore some basic principles in man management. The "stick" is only good for a very short period, ultimately its use will always result in the same outcome - resentment and mistrust!
Resentment and mistrust in an organisation rapidly turns into demotivation and eventually a disengaged an unproductive workforce.
The fact of the matter is, in 2017 I would find it hard to believe that most people don't understand that overly critical leadership doesn't generate better results, what I do see is that many don't actually know how to be a motivational leader.
We spend an awful lot of time at study around the expertise of our roles, as this study suggests there needs to be much greater emphasis placed on developing our abilities as leaders.
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56% of the leaders had a stronger preference for giving negative feedback, 31% preferred giving positive feedback, and 12 were equal in their preference. These results stimulated the question, “Why do leaders prefer giving negative feedback despite describing it as more difficult to give than positive feedback?”