There are a plethora of leadership styles that were researched and supported throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Leadership styles such as transactional, transformational, toxic, charismatic, creative, autocratic, adaptive, and dictatorship have been studied throughout the centuries. In this series, we will explore the different attributes adopted by a leader who cultivates a toxic work environment and consider the solutions to promoting a healthier work environment. Today, we will consider "the lack of faith and moral framework" model in the business world.
In the opening series, CPR underscored how a lack of faith and moral framework drives the organization to the ground. A leader with a moral framework is neither self-serving nor pompous but just, wise, and righteous. To stomp out a toxic work environment begins with stomping out toxic leadership. As a leader with toxic attributes, you have the opportunity to evolve before it's too late. Let's examine some traits of possessing a moral framework and how it appears in the workplace.
To commence a discussion of the moral framework, we must include what the Torah commanded (Exodus 20:1-17) and understand what emanates from keeping the Torah, the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). That is the moral framework to which all men are bound. The Fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (self-control). So, what place do biblical scriptures hold in conducting business? Well, the B.I.B.L.E has a wealth of information on how we should conduct ourselves while on earth. As a leader, assuming the Fruits of the Spirit can only create a moral character that promotes a healthy and positive work environment. Each Fruit of the Spirit is self-explanatory; if you are unclear on the terms, please search out each definition. Today's message is simple. Understanding how adopting "Fruits of the Spirit" traits can create a positive and healthy work environment. The answer is simple. As a leader, you have the attention of your team. Research continues to illustrate your team emulates your behavior. Thus, the most potent manner to command change is by making a change starting with you. Decide to become a leader that is the peacemaker, the truth-teller, the forgiving person, a person with self-control who is gentle and kind when rendering constructive feedback and exercising patience. Repeating such characteristics day in and day out will prove to your team that your change is permanent.
As homework, be more self-aware of your actions as a leader. Be aware of how your negative responses may cause people to either repel or give some team members the license to be negative. As a reminder, some members of your team will emulate you to gain acceptance by you. Accepting negative behavior is the welcome wagon to workplace antics such as harassment, bullying, intimidation, deceiving, cheating, stealing, and so on. While conducting your self-awareness, be kind and patient with your responses. If you made an error, get back on your journey and move forward. If you spent your career as an autocratic or transactional leader, you can still make small changes and slowly evolve into a leader you can be proud of.
Your solidarity in standing with victims of workplace toxicity is vast because everyone knows someone who was victimized by a toxic leader who cultivated a toxic work environment.