Creating Tension

One ridiculous leadership strategy I've seen is to deliberately create stress for your workers, and keep the pressure on. It's referred to as "hold the tension." I've seen the results from this technique. Those results include missed deadlines, sloppy work, lack of attention to detail, lack of communication, people fighting against each other, good workers leaving, and just about every other dysfunctional behavior you can find in a work place.

Yet, despite these results, many business leaders like to employ this strategy. Then they blame the workers for the mess the workplace has become. Executives and managers like this ought to have a little tension in their lives, like unemployment.