Learn, Practice and Promote Emotional Intelligence – There is no
excuse for leaders in the this century to dismiss the value of emotional literacy
and competency. Fear’s an easy and simple emotional response to prompt – the
cheap seat in the house. Inspiring and
influencing others through passion, enthusiasm and courage should be the true
calling for leaders.
In a fear-based work environment, everyone is focused on their
daily goals. They have to be because if they miss a goal, they fear losing
their job. Employees won’t interact much with each other and keep things to themselves.
People want to follow rules and avoid the blame. Collaborating, having fun or experimenting
do not make the list. The only mission employees focus on is “Don’t screw
There are several ways that managers can use to deal with or eliminate
fear. Few of which I faced while working are
Communicate, communicate, and then communicate
Communication not only withdraws fear from an organization but
also helps in building trust. Once the trust is built the work flow becomes
easier and colleagues develop better idea for the company’s future. Communication
is the key to withdraw the age gap between senior and lower level staff. For
instance I remember about myself when I joined a new organization. I feared a
lot when I had to go up to my boss with an issue regarding a project. I used to
consult them with my supervisor and he used to tell him my ideas later. I was
hardly praised for my work. So after a month I decided to go directly and speak
up to my boss. Small tip, start off with a joke.
Is your workplace
In today world competition is everything. Since childhood we
have been told to finish in top 3. So why stay behind when it comes to work. In
a vastly competitive work environment fear is easy to see. Competition between staffs
creates concern, abolishing trust and setting off a chain reaction of negative performance
that can have a negative outcome on the total culture of the business.
In order to overcome this
employees should be given training for newly developed software’s in the market
for eg at my first job I had no idea how to use any of the designing tool like
revit, autocad, dialux etc. My first week was miserable. I consulted my HR,
they told me about the training programs offered by the firm, and so I stayed
back for a couple of weeks and learnt my way in.