Can Being Happy Make You A Bad Leader

You love your job and feel like you have amazing people skills. So, why not be happy?

The problem, people may be prone to think less of you because of your positive mood.

Research found that happy people are viewed as naive and easier to take advantage of.

That doesn’t mean that you should be unhappy if you want to be taken seriously, just balance your cheerful personality with your leadership style.

The Disadvantage of Happiness

Even if you are a strong leader, being happy can sometimes be viewed as someone who can be walked all over.

Research compares the effectiveness of leaders who were perceived as aggressive versus those who showed more vulnerability. Assertive leaders have a greater air of authority.

Age is another a cue for authority. Younger leaders are viewed as  less powerful than their older counterparts. When you mix youth and happiness, it can be difficult for employees to take you seriously.

The Advantage of Happiness

Happiness can make you appear an easy target, but a total lack of emotion can also cost you the trust of your employees. Stoic leaders are viewed as being less open and understanding, which makes them less approachable.The research found that the advantage of a more emotional style of leadership is gaining control by relating to and empathizing with your underlings.

Finding Balance

You have to find balance to be both respected and trusted. Be aware of your weaknesses and learn to hone your impulses.

Being a happy leader and noticing the feelings of your team creates opportunity to inspire those you lead. Be excited about the success of your company and share the joy with your employees. Be willing to take control and be authoritative when necessary. If you allow your employees to slide when giving subpar performance, that will be a sign that there are no consequences.

Being a happy leader, though it comes with its disadvantages, can still allow you to be an effective leader who will be taken seriously by employees.