First, leaders must take this issue seriously. Leaders tend to ignore allegations of bullying because it is easier for them. But, if they want bullying to stop, they need to believe that it can happen in their organization. Leaders who live in denial only perpetuate the problem of bullying. So, admitting there is a problem really is the first step to organizational recovery.
Leaders need to make sure that they are not involved in any bullying. If they are, they need to stop. A leader must role model the behavior they expect from their workers. If a leader is a bully, it is likely that this conduct is being replicated by workers in the organization. So, leaders need to maintain a high standard of professional behavior to stop workplace bullying in their organization.
A leader must also communicate to their workers that bullying will not be tolerated. They need to make it clear to everyone, including the bully, the standard for professional behavior that is expected, the consequences for non-compliance and assurance that these standards will be upheld.
Accountability is the difficult part for many leaders. They need to hold workers, especially the bully, to the guidelines they set, no matter what. This is a critical point in stopping workplace bullying and leadership should not underestimate the workplace bully. When an aggressor is confronted, they will push back and do almost anything so they are not held accountable. They have been controlling the environment and are not going not going to give this up easily. Thus, leaders need to expect the bully to challenge them and leaders need to be diligent about holding the bully accountable to follow professional behavior standards. This is vital for the leader to do no matter how difficult it is.
It is likely to be a rough go at the start, but bullying can be stopped when leaders intervene and demand that everyone maintains a high standard of professional conduct.
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