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This paper argues that in addition to ruining your career and your finances, bad leadership is also hazardous to your health. The paper discusses the arguments of opponents but provides counter-arguments that demonstrate how poor leadership directly impacts workplace health and safety in terms of workplace injury and mental health problems.
From the Paper:"In addition to a wide range of potential physical problems associated with poor leadership, there is also the mental and emotional toll that bad leadership takes. A study in Canada indicated that one in three workers was in a workplace that put them at psychological risk. These unsafe environments lack leadership, support, or recognition. The employees are at risk because their leaders do not respect their need for work-life balance or because they have to high a workload. Effective leaders recognize these problems and address them, avoiding psychological problems (Bendall, 2009).
"Indeed, psychological problems have been recognized by the National Institute for Occupational Safety as the leading occupational health problem (Sauter, Murphy & Hurrell, 1990). The triggers are not dissimilar to those of physical health problems. Bad leaders have difficulty understanding others. Either they cannot see or they do not care about the problems their policies cause. This leaves their employees vulnerable to psychological distress and its attendant health problems. Stress and breakdown can occur when employees are placed under undue pressure. A more effective leader designs his or her organization in such a manner that no employee is under too much pressure; each has a role commensurate his or her capabilities. Indeed, in some jurisdictions, legislation obliges management to monitor for psychological hazards in the workplace, indicating the role that leadership plays in preventing such negative outcomes (Cotton, 2008)."
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