To be seen as a great boss, strong leader and all-around solid co-worker, you must remove these phrases from your lexicon:
1. “We’ve always done it that way.” Nothing signals to others that you are stubborn, resistant to change and unimaginative more than this phrase. Embrace change and look for new ways to solve old problems.
2. “This place falls apart when I’m gone.” This phrase undermines yourskills. If you are providing the necessary training, effectively and holding employees accountable, they can run a tight ship without you.
3. “If I had my way, I would do things differently.” Your hands may be tied; however, when you blame others for making negative changes, you foster a culture of passing the buck and finger-pointing. When you announce an unpopular change, explain why it has to happen.
— Adapted from “5 Things Only Bad Bosses Say,” Pree Sarkar, www.linkedin.com/pulse/.