Almost everyone has experienced (or heard stories about) the type of boss who is always disappointed. This toxic work environment causes team members to walk on eggshells trying to avoid interactions with the annoyed person.

Some leaders may think that a constant state of disapproval encourages teams to perform better and rise to the challenge. But that is not the behavior of a true leader. In fact, the opposite is true. 

What Brings Team Member Satisfaction?

In today’s working environment, team members rate things like camaraderie, leadership support, and belonging to a high-functioning team higher than salary on their list of reasons to remain with a company. 

A positive environment drives team member satisfaction. People want to work at a company where relationships are valued, systems are efficiently aligned, and professional growth is readily available. 

Leaders must also recognize that creating this environment doesn’t just benefit their current team members — it also attracts top talent. In a world where everyone is connected and information flows freely, an annoyed, angry leader cannot hide from poor reviews and negative feedback. In short, bad leaders don’t just harm their immediate team, they harm the health of an organization’s reputation and hamper its potential for long-term success. 

Proper support requires time, focus, and effort. Yes, creating a healthy work culture can be challenging, but addressing and changing a toxic culture is far more difficult.

What Leadership Traits Actually Increase Productivity? 

If a company wants to improve productivity, the first quality they should look for in a leader is a genuine interest in the well-being and growth of team members.

Making suggestions for improvement in a positive manner also goes a long way to increasing productivity while building great relationships. Imagine how much easier it is to hear that you could improve in one area if you’re told what a great job you’re doing in two other areas at the same time. 

A leader’s daily demeanor and interactions with team members have a huge impact on productivity and retention. Leaders who understand this relationship and invest in positive support will reap great rewards, while leaders who choose the path of disapproval in the hopes of inspiring greatness are destined to be disappointed. 

Positive interactions are just one aspect of creating a phenomenal work culture. Learn what else you can do to change the way people feel about your organization by downloading our free resource: The Innovative Leader’s Guide to Transforming Company Culture.