A Downside to Telling People They’re High-Potentials?

When we communicate high expectations for an employee, they become more likely to back down or quit in the face of setbacks. Why?

“…after exhibiting poor initial performance on a task, individuals who face high external expectations feel more embarrassed about violating public expectations and in turn are less persistent than individuals who face low external expectations.”

An important article with implications for leaders, talent management professionals, leadership development folks, coaches, and anyone who develops high potentials.

Read Quitting When the Going Gets Tough: A Downside of High Performance Expectations in the Academy of Management Journal.?

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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