Absenteeism: The Silent Killer for Organisations

The most destructive type of leader is the one who doesn’t cheat, bully or insult his colleagues – he simply doesn’t do anything. A growing body of research shows that absentee leadership, also called laissez-faire leadership, is not only harming teams, but can cause measurable loss in productivity and turnover for the company.

Still, because absentee leaders rarely display particularly egregious behaviour, they are not subject to corrective action. Our Research Team is working on identifying the main characteristics which imply absenteeism, such as being highly cautious or unassertive – apart from indirect signs such as low engagement among team members. On this infographic, you can find the most evident signs and results of absentee leadership:


For a deeper insight in the topic, read Scott Gregory’s article on Harvard Business Review.