by Jim Bruce
Today’s Tuesday Reading is “What Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?”. This essay is by Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins. It appeared earlier this year in the HBR blogs. Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins are co-founders and managing partners of Isis Associates, a boutique executive coaching and leadership development firm. They are the authors of “Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence.”
Su and Wilkins argue that if you want to empower, engage, and motivate others, in addition to increasing your positive behaviors, you need also to stop your bad behaviors. Why, you might ask? Everyone pays more attention to negative information than they do to positive ones. As many have observed (at least in past years), negative headlines sell more newspapers.
The essay’s authors suggest three behaviors to avoid:
In the end, loyalty and followership are two things we cannot demand. Negative behaviors such as these will diminish both the short- and the long-term positive impact your leadership will have.
Take note of those behaviors you need to stop and the begin to take action today.
Have a great week. . . . jim