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7 things leaders should never say

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businessman with hand covering mouthDave Kerpen, a student of all things likeable and author of Likeable Leadership, posts a batch of tips from top managers and CEOs on what you should never say, including these “Office Space”-worthy gems:

  1. “I’m too busy.” Clearly, your em­­ployees think, what I’m doing is not important. Instead of blowing them off, ask your people who show up at a bad time to come back at a specific time when you’re available.
  2.  “You’re the only one having a problem.” This one will break down an employee’s morale, isolate that person and destroy teamwork. Google the question and you will find others out there with similar issues.
  3. “I don’t care about that.” You need to care about every aspect of your operation, including the small stuff. Treat detail-oriented employees with respect and your staff will take pride in their work.
  4. “Don’t argue with me.” Arguing is a sure sign that an employee cares. And you may (gasp) be wrong.
  5.  “Just let me do it.” Your company or unit will not grow if you try to do everything yourself.
  6.  “You’re doing OK.” When em­­ployees ask for feedback, don’t just tell them they’re doing fine. Asking how they’re doing is a sign of potential, a desire to get better. Don’t throw that opportunity away.
  7.  “I’m the boss!” If you need to pull rank, you’ve already failed as a leader.

— Adapted from “17 Things The Boss Should Never Say,” Dave Kerpen, LinkedIn.

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ROBERT HIIVALA January 8, 2014 at 5:25 pm

BEING LEADER NOT A PUSHER IS A LOT EASIER AND MORE FUN ! team leaders help there employees grow and take pleasure in learning a new task and doing it right.


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