One bad employee not dealt with can destroy the entire fabric of a good team.
Here is the biggest real world twist on this problem. Sometimes that bad employee is capable of really good things. In bursts they can perform dramatic feats and appear to be really good and then turn around and undermine everything you do.
There is no more important attribute in a teammate than character, and a bad person’s behavior indicates they are a bad person at their core. There are several different types of pencil and paper tests that can give you clues about character, but the ultimate test shows up in behavior, and usually in behavior that is detrimental to the team.
Bad people are typically selfish and this manifests under stress as selfish behavior. And the results of selfish behavior is predictably bad for the team.
The Good Attributes of Employees
Researchers have laid the groundwork for defining what the good attributes of employees are. Seligman and Peterson, in their book ‘Character Strengths and Virtues‘ defined the 24 character strengths that successful people possess.
- Zest: Approaching life with excitement and energy, feeling alive and activated
- Grit: Finishing what one starts; completing something despite obstacles; a combination of persistence and resilience
- Self Control: Regulating what one feels and does: being self-disciplined.
- Social Intelligence: Being aware of motives and feelings of other people and oneself
- Gratitude: Being are f and thankful for the good things that happen
- Love: Valuing close relationships with others; being close to people
- Hope: Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it
- Humor: Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to t other people; seeing a light side
- Creativity: Coming up with new and productive ways to think about and do things.
- Curiosity: Taking an interest in experience for its own sake; finding things fascinating
- Open-mindedness: Examining things from all sides and jumping to conclusions
- Love of Learning: Mastering new skills or topics on one’s own
- Wisdom: Being able to provide good advice to others
- Bravery: Not running from threat, challenge, or pain; speaking up
- Integrity: Speaking the truth and presenting oneself sincerely and genuinely
- Kindness: Doing favors and good deeds for others; helping them; taking care opf them
- Citizenship: Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group
- Fairness: Treating all people the same; giving everyone a fair chance
- Leadership: Encouraging a group of which on is valued member to accomplish
- Forgiveness: Forgiving those who have done wrong; accepting people’s shortcomings
- Modesty: Letting one’s victories speak for themselves; not seeking the spotlight
- Prudence/Discretion: Being careful about ones’s choices: not taking undo risks
- Appreciation of Beauty: Noticing and appreciating all kinds of beauty and excellence
- Spirituality: Having beliefs about the higher purpose and and meaning of the universe
The research indicates that the character traits most directly predictive of academic success are: zest, grit, self-control, optimism, gratitude, social intelligence, and curiosity. I believe that theses same character elements are the best predictors of whether or not an employee is a good person who you want to hire, retain and promote, or an employee that you need to ask to leave your organization.
The BossHole Effect
Since 1977 the author, Dr. Greg L. Alston has owned and operated a variety of businesses, worked for hundreds of bosses and supervised thousands of employees. His no nonsense approach and clear informal teaching style will teach you how to Coach others, Command respect, and Create an environment in which your team can thrive.
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