5 Behaviors Great Leaders Never Tolerate

February 25, 2019

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Becoming a good leader in any organization comes jam-packed with a variety of challenges. One type of challenge is learning how to deal with different behaviors. While leaders will need to learn how to deal with a wide range of different people, there are still five behaviors that great leaders will never tolerate.

Excuses and Blame

No matter how successful or efficient your organization is, life happens and things go wrong. The last thing that a good leader will tolerate in any negative situation is employees who make excuses, don’t take responsibility for their actions, or put blame on others. Instead, a leader will want to find people that are willing to go the extra mile to understand the situation, fix the problem, and determine good ways to prevent it from happening again in the future.


People that work together for 40 hours or more per week are bound to get to know each other well. Along with this comes the increased chance of gossip and rumor mills. Whether the gossip is about their work life for personal life, as a leader, you need to make sure that this behavior is not allowed. Gossip will do nothing more than hurt others, waste time, and make for a toxic work environment.

Source: https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/employee-relations/pages/office-gossip-policies.aspx

Substance Abuse

Another concern that many leaders have today is when a team member struggles with addiction. It is important that a leader helps them to get the support that they need to begin recovery so that addiction does interfere with the effectiveness of any team. Make sure to talk to someone in your Human Resources department so that you can make sure to give the employee the right information about a leave of absence, medical information and/or employee assistance plan information. 

Source: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/heroin-addiction/treatment-rehab/


Depending on where you work, there may be an increased risk of theft occurring. While theft does occur, it is against the law and hopefully, against company policy. If a leader thinks that someone is stealing from the organization, they should speak to their manager and Human Resources immediately. Be sure to take careful notes, don’t take off running 90 miles in the wrong direction. It is important that you have all of your ducks in a row in a situation like this.

Source: https://riskandinsurance.com/spotlight-on-employee-theft/


When an organization hires someone to do a job, they fully expect that this person will show up to work and do a good job. If someone misses a lot of work, especially without giving any prior notice and not getting the results needed, it can be very damaging. Instead of allowing this behavior to continue, an employee will need to to know what the expectations are in terms of their absenteeism and performance. If they still struggle with absenteeism, a leader will need to find a solution, including perhaps replacement.

Source: https://wheniwork.com/blog/how-to-deal-with-employee-absenteeism/

Managing workplace behaviors is a big part of becoming a leader. When you are trying to develop your leadership skills, learning how to manage a variety of different types of people will go a long way. However, these five types of behaviors are ones that, as a leader, you should keep an eye out for.

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I’m The Corporate Fixer and my mission is to help people become more self-aware so that they can lead from a place of authenticity and self-acceptance.

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