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We’ve all learned what a leader should do. But what about what a leader should not do? The following five are examples of what NOT to do as a leader.

Do Not Lie

First and foremost, do not lie. Forbes explains that lies include blatant lies, half-truths and errors of omission. If you make a mistake, own it, clean it up, and apologize to all impacted. If you don’t know the answer, say so. Be transparent, sharing your thinking and your decision making process. This will secure the trust of your employees. And once you secure the trust of your employees, they will have more confidence in you as a leader. 

Do Not Avoid Dealing with Conflict

Dealing with conflict is part of your job description as a leader. Failing leaders avoid dealing with conflicts, fail to provide constructive feedback, and duck key relationship issues. They often think, “If I ignore it, it will go away.”‘ Sometimes it does, but rarely.  More commonly the conflict grows exponentially until it becomes toxic. No team can be functional without the ability to resolve their inevitable and necessary conflicts.

Do Not Place Blame

If your employees are not performing or the business is not achieving, then that falls on you. It is your job to ensure you have the right people doing the right things and that they are aligned, motivated, engaged and have all the resources and tools they need to accomplish a grand vision. Do not place blame on others.

Do Not Feel Sorry for Yourself

As a leader, you cannot feel sorry for yourself. Entrepreneur says that if there’s one thing you will never see strong leaders do, it’s feeling sorry for themselves. Business can and will be tough and there will be times when it feels like the world is against you, but the strongest leaders waste no time wallowing in self-pity. Admirable and effective leaders take full responsibility for their actions, and never feel sorry for themselves.

Do Not Forget about Leadership Development

Remember that everyone around you needs to continue to grow and learn in their positions. That being said, do not forget about leadership development for your employees. Educating and creating a growth plan for your employees is one of the things that should never be ignored but often slips through the cracks. Succes.com explains that having a growth and education path not only increases employee retention but makes for a smarter and hungrier team.

While it is important to know what to do as a leader, it is equally important to be aware of what not to do. Successful leaders do not lie, place blame or feel sorry for themselves. They deal with conflict as it arises and maintain a growth plan. Keep these in mind as you grow as a leader.