Graph – Thriving score for leadership over time

The quality of leadership in a workplace is determined by the examples set by people in authority. Investing time and resources in leaders helps them develop a coaching mindset that focuses on workers’ strengths, which has a positive influence on workplace mental health.

Graph – Leadership score over time

Following last year’s strong growth, the leadership index score fell by 0.5 points to 63.8 out of 100. Although nearly every leadership indicator declined, most remain higher than pre-pandemic levels in 2019. The exception is that fewer leaders are providing constructive feedback, which dropped 1.5 percentage points (pp) to a new low of 16.6%. Leaders are potentially weighing up their team’s professional development against their emotional state in challenging circumstances, and deciding it’s not the right time to provide feedback that may cause more stress or emotional strain. Instead, leaders are focusing on communicating more effectively with remote workers and trusting them to do their jobs (up 7.6pp and 11.9 pp respectively).
Leaders have faced some big challenges with extended lockdowns and shutdowns, so it’s no surprise they’re struggling to support their teams as effectively as they did in the early days of the pandemic. As expectations of leaders have mounted and remote working has become the new normal for many workplaces, it’s possible that many leaders don’t have the skills to help their teams navigate these workplace changes. It’s important to remember that leaders are people too, and are feeling the effects of pandemic fatigue like the rest of the workforce. With many leaders feeling anxious (31.0%), depressed (23.5%) and isolated (18.6%), workplaces need to support their leaders’ mental health and wellbeing so they can continue to support their teams.

What can you do to improve leadership?

Making sure your leaders have the support and skills they need can be an effective way of improving the mental health and wellbeing of your workplace as a whole. Check in with your leaders about their mental health to see if they need assistance. A range of free resources to help leaders support their teams is also available here.

You can give your leaders the skills they need to build a mentally healthy work environment and support their team’s wellbeing with SuperFriend’s Leading Teams Well package. The package includes online training, small group coaching, tools and resources to give leaders the capability and confidence to support their own mental health as well as their team’s.

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Where leadership improved:

Wholesale Trade

Up 5.6 points to 66.6

Public Administration and Safety

+1.3 points to 61.7

Mid-sized organisations with 200-999 employees

+1.9 points to 65.6

Workers aged 25-34 years

+0.5 points to 65.2

Casual workers

+0.4 points to 61.9

Where leadership declined:

Health Care and Social Assistance

Down 2.9 points to 61.4

Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services

– 2.4 points to 63.8

Transport, Postal and Warehousing

-1.4 points to 59.0

Not-for-profit organisations

-3.2 points to 63.0

Large organisations with 1000-4999 employees

-3.2 points to 61.8

Workers aged 55-64 years

-2.6 points to 60.9