It’s tough as a leader to hear that a team feels undervalued but it’s important that they feel able to tell you.

It doesn’t matter whether they are actually undervalued or not. If they feel like it, then that perception will eventually feed into the team, their attitudes and how they perform.

Undervalued people will leave teams. 

Undervalued people will leave teams and tell people why. 

Undervalued people will leave teams and tell people why, which can foster animosity towards those who lead.

Nobody wants any of that.

Yet it happens. Not deliberately either. Leaders are busy people and at times they have an eye on one of many things. That’s not an excuse, just a reality. 

Possible antidotes in this:

Leaders – increase your levels of awareness, to know what’s going on, ask the questions, invite feedback, don’t allow ignorance to be an excuse any longer. 

Team – have patience, your leaders are humans too, they get it right and they get it wrong, they may not see it but it doesn’t mean they don’t care. Don’t quit the team, instead help your leader lead. 

What’s your experience of this and how have you dealt with it?

2 thoughts on “Undervalued Leads to Underperformance 

  1. After 40 years in the workforce I could probably write a book. But I won’t do that here. I can tell you that in many situations I probably was not undervalued, but I felt that way. We we’re blessed with too much work so there wasn’t a lot of time for personal attention. Being who I am, I resented that, and sometimes left jobs for what I thought we’re greener pastures.
    Later on, I became a team leader. I usually only had one or two other team members; yet I was only a good leader if I had good team members. In other words, I couldn’t deal with situations, therefore I was a bad leader. I felt I didn’t have an aptitude for leadership in business and gave it up. That was 17 years ago and I’ve never regretted being a team member rather than the leader. Truth is, I often do lead, by virtue of my experience and my talents. But I’m not responsible, say, for calling someone out who shows up late all the time.
    For the past ten years until my retirement just a few weeks ago, I worked for a shop where the manager was often a nightmare. Because I was able to hold onto my Christian principles as well as my long experience, I can honestly say that I made this man a better person. Understanding, honesty, surrender, humility….they don’t go to waste in a work environment.

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