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