The Impact of the Behavior of a Leader on the Morale of the Followers

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The behavior of a leader has a direct impact on the morale of the followers. Evans (2001) notes that leadership is a critical element of morale, job satisfaction and motivation among professionals. Leaders affect morale in a number of ways. The first is that leaders set a positive tone for the organization. The second is that leaders develop the systems that create motivation for workers on a day-to-day level and the third is that leaders create a vision and enthusiasm within the organization. The issue can also be approached from the negative bad leaders tend to remove these traits from organizations, to the detriment of morale. Leaders must form trust with their employees in order to be effective. Trust comes from consistency in actions aligning what you do with what you say and it comes from being honest with employees. With trust comes greater stability and when these factors are put together the leader has created an environment where the morale of the unit is likely to flourish (Anderson, 2013). For a leader to cultivate trust takes time, but it can be done relatively quickly through bonding exercises. However, the leader should be aware that fostering trust cannot be done if early actions engender mistrust. Trust is a factor that, if absent, leads to a working environment that is toxic, because nobody wants to work for somebody that they do not trust. Nikravan (2010) provides further illustrations about how leaders inspire moral in an organization. Noting that a
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