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Language and Leadership: Four Phrases Leaders Can’t Utter

Leadership in any arena, particularly academia, comes with responsibility and decorum. David Perlmutter, Professor and Dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University, shares his insights on four phrases that are off limits for leadership—including foul language. He relates his own experience:

I can count on two hands the number of times I have lost my temper "on the job" in the 15 years I have been an administrator across four campuses. In each incident, I vehemently reacted to an abuse of power I felt was taking place. I still think my judgment was correct in each incident; it was my emotional reaction that was faulty. As an academic administrator you can be right, but not righteous.

What are the other three phrases out of bounds for leadership? Read his list here.

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