The secret to an efficient team is a good leader, but what makes a leader good enough? According to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who are prone to feeling guilty for disappointing co-workers are among the most hard-working employees, and often demonstrate more effective leadership qualities.
One of the researchers claimed that highly guilt-prone people are conscientious and are less likely to free-ride on others’ expertise. They will sacrifice financial gain out of concern about how their actions would influence others’ welfare. This also reduces the incidents of unethical behavior.
Those in supervisory roles could use these findings to create the most effective dynamics at the workplace, and increase productivity.