Don’t Be THAT Guy

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Don’t be that guy…

Please, please, please, for the sake of yourself and more importantly, for the sake of your team, as you embark on your professional career in 2014, don’t be…

1. The guy who has to be right. All the time. Even when he is most definitely wrong. And who will not admit his mistakes. Ever.

2. The guy that doesn’t lead by example. He espouses company values like “be passionate about our customers” or “behave with integrity” (insert any overused company value slogan) but does the exact opposite himself. Even worse, is completely unaware he is doing it, aka no emotional intelligence.

3. The ‘silent until it’s too late’ guy. Who despite having misgivings about a particular course of action or strategy the team is committing to, says nothing. Until, of course it goes tits up and then trots out with smug disdain, “I didn’t think it would work.”

4. The ‘adore me at all costs’ guy. Who needs to be liked by everyone so much he agrees with everybody (and everything) and avoids making the tough calls or neglects to manage non performance. Sidebar – It’s better to be respected than liked as a leader.

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5. The guy who takes credit for your team’s work in front of peers/senior management/the board. This is the same guy who says “I” way more than “we” and generally has let his ego go unchecked.  This guy is closely related to the guy who will throw one of his own team members under the bus when the proverbial hits the fan, instead of taking accountability for the team’s result.

Don’t be that guy.

Just don’t.

Do you have any more examples to add to this list? Please leave your comments below.

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  1. Don’t Be THAT Guy | oldienewbies on January 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm

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  2. Andy Whitehead on January 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Great way to show ‘how not to do it’….and love the pics! Nice post!

  3. ENNA A. BACHELOR on January 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm
  4. Craig on January 7, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Don’t be that guy who blames ‘his’ team.

    • The Leader's Digest on January 8, 2014 at 1:05 am

      Absolutely! The guy who thinks everything (and everyone) belongs to him. Thanks Craig, Suzi.

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Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in a variety of roles. Her experience has included being a head-hunter, an executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand.

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