Negative Effects Of Destructive Leadership

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Military leaders regardless of rank are of significant importance and have a major influence on the unit that they are tasked to lead. “The power of leaders to influence the motivation and performance of soldiers is well accepted within military and civilian communities” (Brit, 541). Critical to any military operation, an effective leader is vital in the completion of any mission, however when leaders are not able to motivate their subordinates, give clear directions, promote unit cohesion and morale, or even reprimand unsatisfactory performance, it can have negative effects on the unit and directly impact unit personnel and mission accomplishment. The effects of destructive leadership in a military unit will directly impact mission by causing the effects of excessive stress, destruction of team cohesion and the deterioration of morale from the very personnel they are attempting to lead.
Actions taken by destructive leaders can have a negative effect on the unit’s cohesiveness and ability to accomplish the mission. Common amongst destructive leaders, they may present their superiors with extraordinary performance, work to promote themselves at the expense of their subordinates and are only concerned about immediate mission accomplishment not considering the lasting effects of their actions. The effect of a leader’s apparent lack of concern for the well-being of their subordinates can lead to individual conflict, loss of unit cohesion and increased
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