From Business Week and Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith comes 20 common bad habits that can hold you back from achieving the leadership heights you aspire to:

  • Winning Too Much: The need to win at all costs and in all situations—when it matters, when it doesn’t, and when it’s totally beside the point.
  • Adding Too Much Value: The overwhelming desire to add our two cents to every discussion.
  • Passing Judgment: The need to rate others and impose our standards on them.
  • Making Destructive Comments: The needless sarcasms and cutting remarks that we think make us sound sharp and witty.
  • Starting with “No,” “But,” or “However”: The overuse of these qualifiers, which secretly say to everyone, “I’m right. You’re wrong.”
  • Telling the World How Smart We Are: The need to show people we’re smarter than they think we are.
  • Speaking When Angry: Using emotional volatility as a management tool.
  • Negativity: The need to share our negative thoughts, even when we weren’t asked.
  • Withholding Information: The refusal to share information in order to maintain an advantage over others.
  • Failing to Give Proper Recognition: The inability to praise and reward.
  • Claiming Credit We Don’t Deserve: The most annoying way to overestimate our contribution to any success.
  • Making Excuses: The need to reposition our annoying behavior as a permanent fixture so people excuse us for it.
  • Clinging to the Past: The need to deflect blame away from ourselves and onto events and people from our past; a subset of blaming everyone else.
  • Playing Favorites: Failing to see that we are treating someone unfairly.
  • Refusing to Express Regret: The inability to take responsibility for our actions, admit we’re wrong, or recognize how our actions affect others.
  • Not Listening: The most passive-aggressive form of disrespect for colleagues.
  • Failing to Express Gratitude: The most basic form of bad manners.
  • Punishing the Messenger: The misguided need to attack the innocent, who are usually only trying to protect us.
  • Passing the Buck: The need to blame everyone but ourselves.
  • An Excessive Need to Be “Me”: Exalting our faults as virtues simply because they exemplify who we are.

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