The most powerful resource a leader has are their words. Every day becomes a unique opportunity for a leader to be someone else’s cheerleader. The magic statement leaders need to frequently express is “I Need You.” It is a leaders responsibility to put those they lead in the very best position possible for success and growth while allowing them to realize their skills and talents. Great leaders never underestimate those who follow them. They positively impact every aspect of a person’s life.
The great educators, coaches, and executives I have had the honor of learning from were constantly identifying who I could be. They focused not just on seeking out the best talent but holistically nurturing and developing that talent. As a result, they put me in learning environments for growth and discovery. They provided life-changing lessons for me to learn what I did not know, but needed to know.
Our institutions and society are in need of hope and strategy. People need to know that they matter. They need to know that what they do is noticed. They need to know their time and efforts are not in vain.
There are two types of leaders those who are self-serving and those who serve others. Some leaders slam the door on those they lead without leaving a ray of hope to inspire them. The great leaders commit to creating a growth mindset environment where those they lead feel empowered to step into a higher and better version of themselves.
May the following thirty statements that great leaders never say allow you to understand the magnitude of your words while finding ways to transform the lives you lead in the most positive and enriching manner.
- Do not take this wrong.
- It is not my fault.
- Who do you think you are?
- Failure is not an option.
- I do not need any help.
- I do not care.
- I am the boss.
- I will do it myself.
- Do not get your hopes up.
- That is not the way we do things here.
- Do not bring me any surprises or bad news.
- You are lucky to have a job here.
- I do not get paid enough for this.
- I wish I could help you, but…
- That is impossible.
- We have never done it that way before.
- There is nothing I can do.
- That is our policy.
- I do not have time now.
- Let me show you how to do it.
- No one wants to work with you.
- You are making me look bad.
- What an idiot.
- I will do the talking.
- I do not pay you to think.
- How many times do I have to tell you?
- I hope you can handle this project.
- You have no future here.
- I can easily replace you.
- What is wrong with you?