The Dangers of Leadership Ghosting
Over the last few months, I have heard the term “Ghosting”.
What does Ghosting mean?
According to Wikipedia-Ghosting definition means:
Ghosting is breaking off a relationship by ceasing all communication and contact with the former partner without any apparent warning or justification, as well as avoiding or ignoring and refusing to respond to the former partner’s attempts to reach out or communicate.
What is Leadership Ghosting?
Here is my definition:
A leader who ceases to communicate correctly is unavailable, refuses or ignores to respond to questions or suggestions, but thinks he/she knows what is happening within the business. They make decisions that are bad or unreasonable and disengaged from staff. They run the business through emails or texts. Misunderstandings occur due to a lack of face-to-face contact or verbal conversation for details and guidance. The Ghosting Leaders make decisions without knowing the full scope of the situation or ask questions. These decisions are harmful to the organizations; the bottom line and the staff become very resentful due to these decisions’ cause and effects and the lack of input.
The behavior of Leadership Ghosting:
- A ghosting leader withdrawals communication with staff
- Ignore employees
- Fears conflict
- Fear of disappointing someone or looking like the “bad person.”
- Doesn’t want to deal with someone’s anger
These types of leaders don’t like to deal with uncomfortable situations. Instead of addressing the circumstance, they avoid the problem altogether.
Examples of Ghosting:
- Your boss said you would get a promotion, and months later, nothing
- You apply for a position and go through the interview, and weeks go by, and you find out someone else got the job. The ghost leader didn’t tell you
- You’re promised information by a particular day and time and never receive it
The dangers of Leadership Ghosting leaves employees feeling undervalued, disregarded, and disappointed. This type of leadership style is unprofessional, rude, and cruel.
Suppose you recognize ghosting leaders in your organization or within yourself. Here are a few tips to encourage behavioral change in this leadership style.
- Sit down with them and discuss the behavior you have observed.
- Ask questions, give feedback on their management style, and suggestions on how to improve engagement with staff.
- Schedule leadership training courses – Udemy.com or Lynda.com
- Schedule interpersonal communication courses – Udemy.com or Lynda.com
- Schedule conflict resolution courses – Udemy.com
- Schedule constructive criticism courses – Udemy.com
- Get them a mentor who is a successful leader.
- Hire a leadership coach to help them succeed
- Becoming a Better Leader [e-Book] Click here to download your copy.
Overcoming the fear of conflict will reduce anxiety, strengthen courage, and promotes better communication skills. Start by responding to emails, voicemails, and texts, even if it is short and to the point. Something is better than nothing. Meet with employees, listen, and be engaged. As you address complex situations, it does get easier as time goes on.
Have you experienced Leadership Ghosting?
If yes, What happened?
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