Great managers appropriately place a high value on loyalty. When the chips are down, they want to know that they can rely on the loyalty of their people. But loyalty must flow in both directions.
It is easy to criticize, to find fault, to tear others down—in large and small ways. How often do groups of employees go out after work and complain about the boss, or about other employees? This kind of activity is widespread, but it cannot be characterized as harmless. It hurts people, including those who engage in it. There is a reason people would not want their negative remarks shared with their targets. Do not let this type of behavior become part of your culture.
This type of disloyal behavior is damaging in several ways.
If this type of behavior is part of your culture, what do you think people say about you when you are not present? If you believe you are exempt, you are fooling yourself.
What do you say about your people when they are ...