26 Aug 2019 15:43 IST

To prevent burnout, hire better bosses

It is more profitable to remove toxic leaders than to hire superstars

If you want to reduce employee burnout, start by improving your leadership. Studies show that a leader’s performance — including their tendency to stress people out — can often be predicted using science-based assessments and data. When scrutinising candidates, focus less on their past performance, and more on their actual potential. Remember, it is about twice as profitable to eliminate parasitic, toxic leaders than to hire top performing ones. That’s why you should focus not only on analysing their strengths, but also their flaws. Do they have toxic or extreme tendencies? You will be better off with above-average talent that is well-behaved, than with badly-behaved superstars. Read the full article.