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When it comes to leadership, things are rarely black and white – but there are some things leaders just shouldn’t ever do. Things you cannot do as a firm leader

W e all like to write and talk about behaviors that effective leaders should exemplify. There is a lot of information on this subject.

But what there is less information available on, and what is rarely talked about, are things leaders cannot do – behaviors leaders should NEVER display. Before I go into what some of those are, it’s once again confession time: I have been guilty of a few of these myself, although hopefully, I have learned, and will never repeat them again! You want to be sure you NEVER do any of these things: 1. Talking ill of other people who work in the organization. This is always unacceptable because anyone who hears this is bound to think, “What does this person say about me to other people?” Inexcusable. 2. Criticizing or berating someone publicly. Most people in leadership roles understand this. Yet it can come out in emotional situations. You can’t do it – ever.

3. Berating someone privately. “Berating” should never happen. Leaders should only talk with someone about changing a behavior, not destroying their character. You absolutely cannot do this no matter how egregious the behavior was. 4. Blaming someone else for something that you should be taking the blame for. This is one of the worst leadership practices ever. You are the boss; you are ultimately responsible. 5. Hogging all the credit. It’s much better to give the credit to the people you work with as it will motivate them to do more/do better. Leaders should deflect credit, not grab it.

Mark Zweig

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