1. Not hearing bad news doesn’t mean there isn’t any. It means you are not creating the psychological safety for people to tell you the truth.
2. If you are not getting constructive feedback, people are either afraid or worse: They don’t care about you.
3. You are not as funny as you think you are. Your employees are obliged to laugh.
4. Showing up late for meetings does not make you look important. It only tells others they aren’t.
5. When you make jokes with a few close friends it does not prove you can fit in. It demonstrates that you are okay excluding others.
6. Refusing to spend time humanly connecting with others as you start a meeting is not evidence that you are focused on results. It only shows that you don’t know the best way to get them.
7. Reminding us (again) of how much experience you have does not build your credibility. It only tells us you are insecure.
Worth remembering: Unexamined leadership is not worth following.