Here are four words that you should not tolerate in the workplace:
FAKE – this is toxic for a leader. If you do not show up in an Authentic way, people will sense it. Be genuine.
FEAR – when we are uncomfortable, we tend to withdraw. Leaders must step into the DIScomfort of difficult conversations, doing what is right in the face of their fear.
FINE – is the enemy of great. When someone tells you they are “fine,” sit down and find out what’s wrong, or what you can do to help them move forward. If the project status is “fine,” seek what will make it fabulous or excellent!
FAIL – if you cannot tolerate failure, you stifle learning. Give permission — to self and others — to fail forward.
Remember, Leadership is not about a title: Anyone can be a leader who refuses to accept from their teammates anything less than their best — and who allows people to fail as part of the learning process!
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