New to Management? Here Are 6 Topics Not to Discuss with your Subordinates

They say it’s lonely at the top. Every person in a management or leadership position has to resist the urge to be one of the lower level team at some point; hearing the latest office gossip, sharing a simple grievance about another Manager? Think twice before you do.

Here are six things its probably best not to bring up with your team (as a new or seasoned Manager):

  1. It is always best to remain confidential whilst telling one or a group of employees when someone in your team is having issues at work. If you need someone to re-train or mentor an employee, simply ask them to help with that specific task. Any personal difficulties that your team members are having should remain confidential information.
  2. Air on the side of caution before discussing an employee with other employees or gossiping about anyone’s personal problems, personality or quirks. If you want to destroy the trust within your team, the best way to do it is by gossiping about their colleagues. Remember that “what Mary says about Lucy, says more about Mary than Lucy!”
  3. You should think twice before telling your employees which other members of the Management team you like and/or respect and which ones you’ve had conflict with; it’s always best to remain an impartial influence on your team members. Let your employees guess about your conflicts with other Managers if they want to; don’t talk about them!
  4. If you’re feeling unhappy with your team as a whole, never tell them about it as a group or in a team meeting. If you do, as a group they won’t take you seriously as a reputable Manager and undermine your future opinions or decisions. If you as a leader are unhappy with your whole team, take a closer look at yourself! You must be doing one or more things wrong.
  5. Never tell your employees about your political aims within the company, your quest to get a bigger title, a higher salary or more company benefits. It would be seen as inappropriate and it’s unseemly to enlist your employees in whatever you are campaigning.
  6. This one is by far the biggest no no; you should never tell your employees that you dislike any aspect of your position or the company as a whole. Who would respect a leader who stays in a job they don’t, for whatever reason, like?

Keep your cool and dignity intact instead, and remember that leadership is a personal journey!