These 10 Leadership Mistakes Are Leading to Employee Burnout

As an executive leadership coach, I have seen firsthand the significant impact that leadership can have on employee well-being and organizational success. One pressing issue that often arises in leadership discussions is employee burnout. Burnout, characterized by emotional exhaustion, reduced performance, and cynicism, is an alarming concern for businesses today. In my experience I have found that there are ten common leadership mistakes that contribute to employee burnout, its best to be aware of them and address them:

Neglecting Work-Life Balance: One of the primary culprits of employee burnout is neglecting work-life balance. Leaders who promote a culture of overwork and fail to encourage time off contribute to burnout. It’s crucial to respect employees’ personal lives and create an environment where work and life can coexist harmoniously.

Setting Unrealistic Expectations: Leaders who consistently set unrealistic expectations for their teams set the stage for disappointment and exhaustion. It’s vital to establish achievable goals and provide the necessary resources and support to reach them.

Micromanaging: Micromanagement is a surefire way to demotivate and exhaust employees. Leaders who constantly monitor and control every aspect of their team’s work erode trust and hinder autonomy. Empower your team by giving them the freedom to excel.

Inadequate Communication: Poor communication leads to confusion and stress. Leaders who fail to provide clear directions, feedback, and updates leave their team members feeling lost and overwhelmed. Effective communication is the cornerstone of a healthy work environment.

Ignoring Feedback: Leaders who dismiss or ignore employee feedback risk creating an environment where concerns go unaddressed. Employee input is valuable for identifying and rectifying issues before they escalate into burnout-inducing problems.

Lack of Recognition and Appreciation: Failure to recognize and appreciate employees’ efforts can lead to feelings of unappreciation and exhaustion. Acknowledging and celebrating achievements boosts morale and helps prevent burnout.

Unclear Expectations: Leaders who do not provide clear job descriptions and expectations leave employees unsure of their roles. Ambiguity in roles and responsibilities can cause stress and frustration.

Failure to Delegate: Leaders who try to do everything themselves not only burn out but also hinder the growth of their team members. Delegating responsibilities and trusting others to excel is essential for preventing burnout.

Disregarding Workload: Overloading employees with excessive work can quickly lead to burnout. Leaders must be mindful of their team’s workload and ensure a reasonable distribution of tasks.

Neglecting Employee Well-Being: Leaders who prioritize productivity over employee well-being ultimately pay the price in terms of burnout and turnover. It’s essential to consider the physical and mental health of your team members and provide support when needed.

Employee burnout is not solely an individual’s responsibility but a collective concern that leaders must address. By avoiding these ten common leadership mistakes – neglecting work-life balance, setting unrealistic expectations, micromanaging, inadequate communication, ignoring feedback, lack of recognition, unclear expectations, failure to delegate, disregarding workload, and neglecting employee well-being – leaders can create a workplace that promotes well-being, engagement, and productivity.

Lead From Within: Leaders have the power to shape the work environment and prevent burnout, but they must be proactive to be successful.


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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR,, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.

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