Unhappy Leaders Lead To Unhappy Employees


Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting helps mid level women leaders develop the confidence, competence, and credibility to lead with authenticity and boldness. We are concerned with the whole woman including her personal development and experiences.  

There are many reasons that a leader may be unhappy in general or unhappy at work, but it is worth mentioning that self-care is crucial to long-term career success. Self-care is a broad term that encompasses the activities and behaviors that you to take good care of yourself. It is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. When practiced correctly, self-care has long-term benefits for the mind, the body, and the spirit. Quality self-care is key to improved mood, reduced anxiety, and healthy relationships.

Leaders have great influence over their subordinates. Leaders can make the work environment productive and pleasant or toxic and terrible. It has been said that misery loves company and we also know that a negative attitude or negative energy can be contagious. Horrible bosses are the number one reason that many companies cannot retain employees. High staff turnover is preventable and costly in the long-term and in the short-term.   The impact is also felt both financially and productively when time is lost recruiting, hiring, and training a replacement employee. The morale of remaining employees may also decrease. 

Many workers (even good workers) leave or lose their jobs because of bad management. When people are unhappy, it’s difficult to be around them and can be even more difficult to work with them. An unhappy leader can be testy, impatient, rude, or even mean. The performance of subordinates can also be negatively impacted if the leader fails to provide effective guidance and resources. 

The performance of a person who is unhappy, or even dissatisfied with their job can also be negatively affected. 

  • An unhappy leader who lacks confidence often resorts to micromanagement.
  • An unhappy leader who lacks competence often sets unrealistic expectations of their team members.
  • An unhappy leader who lacks credibility with their staff often behaves in a manner that breeds more mistrust and resentment. 

Employees are impacted by their work environment. A healthy workplace environment improves employee productivity and reduces costs related to absenteeism, staff turnover, and workers’ compensation and medical claims. The most successful leaders and companies lead by example and educate employees on how to practice self-care both at home and in the workplace and also create a culture of mutual respect, shared accountability, and commitment to mission. 

Nicki Sanders, MSW, is a Leadership and Career Strategist who helps mid and senior level women leaders develop the confidence, competence, and credibility to lead with authenticity and boldness. She has an extensive background in leading multi-disciplinary teams, developing and managing programs, and forming public-private partnerships. She is a college professor with a passion for teaching and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Nicki is an accomplished supervisor, trainer, and group facilitator who has merged her Master of Social Work degree and over 20 years of diverse work experience into a thriving business. Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting assists companies in expanding their influence and impact by enhancing employee recruitment, increasing employee morale and performance, and decreasing employee turnover.  Nicki is a travel and cupcake lover who also enjoys reading, listening to music, and serving her community.

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