Here's the list of top things a leader should not say to his employees:
- "That's above your pay grade." I bet you have said this soon after saying that mployees are not approaching their work "as if they own the company" or never "think outside the box." Telling employees that there are pecking orders, codes of conduct, and duties and responsibilities by cast, is simply the stupidest thing a manager can say.
- "That's confidential," and its twin brother, "that's on a need to know basis and you don't need to know." In a startup there are very few things that are truly confidential. Startups are flat organizations and information sharing is a huge part of maintaining that culture. Telling an employee that something is confidential communicates that you don't trust them, they are not part of the "inner circle," and they are not your peer.