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Twitter's incoming CEO may be inspired by provocative leadership – but it isn't a safe bet for the future of your business

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Elon Musk’s recent appointment of former NBCUniversal advertising boss Linda Yaccarino as the CEO of Twitter has sparked discussions on the merits and potential drawbacks of ‘provocative’ leadership.

Yaccarino has stated that she’s ‘inspired’ by this style of leadership. It’s a mindset that certainly aligns with Musk’s controversial management approach – which has recently included insensitive layoffs and concerns raised about the impact on employee mental health.

Many are now watching to see what kind of leadership style will emerge in the coming months at Twitter. It’s unknown whether a less antagonistic approach will be taken by Yaccarino. While provocative management may appear effective in shaking things up and driving immediate results, it is essential to recognise the potential pitfalls it presents.

The cost of provocative leadership

Senior management and c-suite executives should carefully consider the implications of autocratic leadership and overbearing guidance.

Insensitive actions and decisions might prioritise short-term gains over employee well-being. The downside is these actions can lead to discontent, hinder productivity, and tarnish a company’s reputation.

Insensitive actions and decisions that prioritise short-term gains over employee well-being can lead to discontent, hinder productivity, and tarnish a company's reputation.

Musk’s high-profile layoffs at Twitter, conducted in a callous manner, generated no end of headlines. For those who stayed on, Musk’s insistence on ‘hardcore’ working style raised concerns about the impact on the remaining workforce’s mental health. Many more headed for the door immediately.

It’s in moments like these that we must question the cost of provocative leadership. It’s essential to seek alternative approaches that affirm empathy, emotional intelligence, and the holistic well-being of team members.

Let your employees reach their full potential

A more balanced and supportive approach that highlights employee well-being can drive positive transformation within companies.

At my own business, I’ve witnessed firsthand the power of cultivating talent and embracing diversity. By providing opportunities for growth, fostering an inclusive environment, and valuing a variety of perspectives, we’ve seen a positive impact on our team and the outcomes we deliver.

I firmly believe that supporting talent forms the bedrock of a company's achievements.

It’s not just about making employees feel valued. It’s about enabling them to reach their full potential and contribute to the success of the business. I firmly believe that supporting talent forms the bedrock of a company’s achievements.

In the context of the post-covid “great resignation”, it’s crucial to reassess management strategies and create environments that foster growth, collaboration, and success.

Provide a meaningful workplace

In this age of hybrid working, we’ve learnt that many employees are seeking more than just a job – they crave meaningful work experiences that prioritise their well-being.

Pushy leadership, with its potential to create discomfort and unease, is a poor fit for this moment. Instead, leaders must adopt an approach that values empathy, open communication, and work-life balance.

It’s through a people-centric approach that we can build resilient companies prepared for the challenges of today's business world.

By investing in professional development, promoting a healthy work culture, and welcoming a mix of perspectives, business leaders can foster loyalty, attract top talent, and adapt to the changing landscape.

It’s through a people-centric approach that we can build resilient companies prepared for the challenges of today’s business world. By investing in our teams and nurturing their talents, we not only drive success but also foster a culture of trust, respect, and growth.

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Bobby is the CEO and co-founder of Radically Digital, one of the UK's fastest-growing tech consulting firms. Radically Digital helps companies strategising, designing and building market-leading customer-centric digital products.

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