9 leadership tips you really don’t want to follow

LeadershipOne of my favorite leadership sayings goes something like this: “You get promoted to manager by someone above you. But you can only be named a leader by the people under you.”

That’s a great leadership tip, and pretty much says everything there is to know about creating value with people.

If you look over your shoulder and no one is following, that’s not a very popular parade you have there, now is it?

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Leadership is that extra magic you create with the people around you that makes them want to be a part of what it is you do.

There are lots of ways to create that magic, and there are just as many ways to destroy it.

One key to leadership is listening to employees.

And when you do listen, hopefully you do not hear your employees repeating any of these “leadership tips” that make them want to flee:

  1.  Don’t assign us work early in the day. Just wait till late afternoon. Tight deadlines are so refreshing.
  2.  If it really is a rush job, be sure to ask every ten minutes for progress updates. That helps.
  3.  Never say where you’re going. That way, I can be creative when people ask where you are.
  4.  When you give me more than one job to do, don’t tell me which is the priority. I’m a good guesser.
  5.  If something I do pleases you, just keep it a secret. Who needs to know???
  6.  If you don’t like my work, tell everyone. It’s fun to be popular.
  7.  If you have special instructions, just save them until the job is almost finished.
  8.  Never introduce me to the people you’re with.  I’ll eventually figure out who’s who.
  9.  Tell me all your problems. I don’t have any, so it’s nice to know someone who does.

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