5 Phrases Managers Should Never Say

By: Ana Margarita Olar| Executivechronicles.com

There are good managers, and there are the bad ones. Being the manager is a stressful and challenging task. And sometimes it can get messy and complicated. A bad situation doesn’t justify a bad mouth. These are phrases that managers should never say:

“What did you do?”

Bad managers are fond of accusing. It’s like you are interrogating a bad mannered kid. But remember, you are managing a group of professionals and not a bunch of kids. As a leader, you need to create the identity of your group. If you want them to be professionals, talk to them like they are professionals.

“If you can’t do it, I’ll find someone who can.”

This is an ego crushing and judgmental phrase. Listen first before jumping into conclusion. You and your group are going into different life situations. Managers who love to threat have no idea on what their subordinates going through. So it never pays to threaten them just to get the job done.

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“We cannot do anything about it.”

Managers who uttered these words will kill the spirit of the entire group. In a battle, the soldiers retract when their leader is weak. They surrender when their leader is weak. A good manager is a visionary. He sees the positive even in the worst situation. And he knows how to get his people out of a bad situation.

“I never ask for your opinion.”

Two heads are better than one. You are the boss but it doesn’t mean that you are the only one with a great mind. A good manager will choose a group that’s more intelligent, efficient, and hardworking than he is. A group of thinking minds creates wonders than those who are leading and thinking alone.

“I don’t care. Just get it done.”

The moment you say these words, you have just lost the respect of your employees. Managers who care are respected, followed, and inspire the group they lead. If you have a hard task, you have to present it as a challenge.

Employees need to feel they have a vital role for the company. You hired them because they have the skill and the competence and not just merely “to get the job done”.

Managers should always be careful with what they say and what they do. Because what they show and what they say influences their subordinates. So if you want to get respect from your employees, you have to talk and act like a leader worthy of respect.