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Never give an order that…

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in Leaders & Managers,People Management

...can’t be obeyed.” That was the leadership advice of General Douglas MacArthur. It makes perfect sense: Those who receive such an order will find you foolish, perhaps even incompetent. Career suicide.

But never forget this variant either:

...won’t be obeyed.” Issue a command that people disregard because you’ve allowed them too much power to write their own rules and your demise as a leader will be slower and more painful as you lose authority and respect incrementally.

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