Jeff Henderson often says, “Leadership comes with a microphone.”  This is because there comes a time in every leader’s life when they must stand up and say, “Follow me!”  Therefore, good communication skills are critical to a leader’s success.

Conversely, there are also things leaders can say which results in negative momentum, erodes trust and influence, and derails a leader’s success.

The following are 20 Things A Leader Should Never Say:

  1. “I am the leader (boss).” – If you have to tell people you are the leader, you are not.
  2. “Get out of the way.  I’ll do it myself.”
  3. “I don’t need filters on my computer.”
  4. “Influence is overrated.  It’s all about titles and position.”
  5. “There’s no need for my wife to know this.”
  6. “I’ve never regretted any mistake I’ve made because it’s made me the person I am today.”
  7. “I’m a self-made man (or woman).”
  8. “I was wrong BUT….”
  9. “There is no need to prepare.  I’ll wing it.”
  10. “God wants me to be happy.”
  11. “I was just kidding.”
  12. “Every man for himself.”
  13. “There’s no ‘I’ in team but there’s no ‘U’ either.”
  14. “I’m tired of everyone else getting credit.”
  15. “It’s not my fault.  It’s theirs.”
  16. “Failure is final.”
  17. “I don’t care if they like me as long as they respect me.”
  18. “By any means necessary.”
  19. “There’s no time to celebrate.”
  20. “Leadership is overrated.”
  21. ***Bonus*** – Any public humor at someone else’s expense.

Have you ever said any of these?

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