Sharing a post of Dr. Jon Warner about self-esteem:
“A lack of self-esteem or worth can affect all areas of an individual’s life and prevail for many years. It can therefore be very difficult to operate in the world with a low opinion of one’s own self-worth, and life in general becomes much more of a challenge. Perhaps most significant in this difficulty is in the realm of interpersonal relationships, where many low self-esteem individuals can feel that they are inferior or even intimidated when dealing with apparently more confident and higher self-esteem people.”
Self-Esteem and how it impacts your work life.
Poor self-esteem can make almost every aspect of life more difficult and our "work life" is no exception. As the article points out, people with low self-esteem can react in unexpected ways to the demands of life, and interactions with people around them. This is because of the particular patterns of thought, or habitual ways of interpreting what is going on around them in the workplace. While it is possible for people change, an important question is how to effectively manage someone with poor self-esteem in the workplace. This requires enormous skill on the part of their manager or supervisor to develop an understanding of their team member and to turn the situation around through carefully developing a positive relationship with the employee.
With the management, problems are often the first focus of attention. A classic example would be negative management reactions to employees’ issues which can lead to a cycle of criticism followed by a further deterioration of performance due to increased fear. Focusing on strengths might be a more effective way to bring out the best in these employees as it will help to develop a good (trusting) working relationship where the employees believe they are a valued member of the team and trusts the manager to react in a balanced and supportive way. This will form a foundation to support the employee to feel comfortable to "have a go" and make their best contribution uninhibited by the fear that normally restrains their performance through complex neural processes. This process takes time and patience but is often worthwhile.
If the manager does not have skills to positively influence their employees, it would be useful for them to seek out support from their organisation to develop them through Leadership Training or Coaching. If it is the manager or supervisor that has poor self-esteem this will affect their ability to manage their team and their people to their full potential, and may affect their own career progression. Hopefully they would have the insight to seek assistance from someone with specific skills to help them such as a Leadership Developer.
Positive Productivity Network provides you a leadership developer to assess and help you with your leadership needs.
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