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New California Anti-Bullying Law Puts Business Leaders On Notice

New California Anti-Bullying Law Puts Business Leaders On NoticeBy Bill Koza

Anyone reading my previous posts will notice a slant towards the negative effects of bad leadership. Bad leadership includes treating people with disrespect, humiliation, abuse and a host of other incivilities. Now, California has enacted a law, AB2053, which requires employers with 50 or more employees to include workplace bullying training to employees and supervisors.

The law defines abusive conduct as:

  • Repeated infliction of verbal abuse, such as the use of derogatory remarks, insults, and epithets;
  • Verbal or physical conduct that a reasonable person would find threatening, intimidating, or humiliating; or
  • Gratuitous sabotage or undermining of a person’s work performance.

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Being A Good Leader Is NOT Up To You

Leader sitting at table in a meeting.So, do you think you are a good leader? Well, the sad fact is that we don’t get to decide if we should be called a good leader. We might try to do the right things. We may work hard at communicating, sharing ideas, encouraging people, team building, and a whole host of other qualities deemed to be attributes of good leadership. However, besides the fact that there seems to be no universal agreement about the definition of good leadership (or just leadership for that matter), if you are a leader, then chances are you believe you are a good leader by your own standards.

It’s true. Just as we all believe we are brilliant in our own minds, once we step into a leadership role we believe we are good at it. After all, we must be good leaders since we were promoted to a leadership role. The leaders that promoted us must also be good leaders and they, therefore, must know good leadership when they see it. Unfortunately, this fairytale that we tell ourselves lulls us in to a false sense of capability regarding our leadership talent.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that there aren’t good leaders out there. There are lots of them. It’s just that we, as leaders, don’t have the luxury of making that determination.

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