16. Keep Out Emotion

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16. Keep Out Emotion

There's a price to pay for leadership: You always have to be the bigger person. And that means you cannot take things personally, publicize your views or personal life, or get too cozy with your reports. As a manager, your guard must always stay up. Like it or not, you'll eventually hold gut-wrenching meetings on conduct and performance with your people. Your comments and relationship will be used against you. Even more, never use the threat of discipline to stifle questions or dissent. Taking your insecurities out on your employees is the quickest path to mutiny.