LEADERSHIP / MAY. 31, 2016
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5 Things a Real Leader Would Never Say

The most important leadership skill is communication. If you want to become a great leader you need to effectively communicate your vision to your team, and keep your team up-to-date and constantly informed about the development of a new project. Everything that you say is important; the style, the content and tone used is what distinguishes a leader from a boss. So, whether you like it or not, words can affect your ability to achieve success as a leader.

See Also: Are You a Good Leader?

Here are 5 things you’ll never hear a great leader say.

1. "I'm in charge"

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If you are looking for a way to make everyone dislike you from the first day then just say this phrase. If you feel like you have to clarify you are in charge, then I am afraid to say that you are not really in charge of anything. By not saying you are in charge, you empower your team to contribute to your vision and be part of your success. A great leader establishes respect and builds strong relationships with followers through his actions not because of a phrase.

2. "I can't"

This is probably one of the most harmful things to say, not only for leaders but for everyone else, too. When you say you can’t do something, then it limits all your actions and makes people think that you don’t believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself how do you expect others to believe in your vision? What a leader says instead is “I will” followed by a “how” question; these two phrases encourage innovation and creativity - two skills of great leaders.

3. "Can I?"

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If you are waiting for someone to give you permission to change something, it means things will stay the same for a long time. Followers ask for permission before changing something. But, leaders are the ones who make all the changes they believe in without asking for permission. Great leaders make significant changes and only ask for forgiveness later.

4. "I don't care"

If someone says “I don’t care” this gives the idea that they simply do not have an opinion; it gives the impression of a lack of interest and a lack of drive. A great leader would say “I am interested, I care” to show that he is passionate and driven to execute their goals.

5. "I did it"

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If you keep giving statements using the personal pronoun “I” to refer to accomplishments of your entire team or organization, then you will never be able to establish a leadership position because nobody wants a selfish b*stard as their leader. What you need to do instead is show a more humble position for yourself while showing pride for your team. Try saying “we did it” or  “you all did it” to lift others above themselves; if you continuously empower your team they will all strive for success together!

See Also: How to Become the Leader Your Boss Wants You to Be

Do you consider yourself a great leader? If so, why? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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