When you are in a leadership position you need to watch what you put on social media. There is no other way to say it then to just say it. I have been in countless discussions with people on this topic. There are people who over time either delete their social media or they simply never post anything. That is one extreme. Or there are people who do not care that they are in a leadership role and post everything without a care in the world.

When you are in a leadership role you are held to a higher standard. Period mark. If that is too much pressure then do not run for a leadership role. It is just that simple. People are not mature enough to understand that what you see on social media is not the whole person. That is just the part that the individual is choosing to show you. Therefore, it would be impossible to learn everything about a person via their social media pages.

However, because people are not mature enough you need to watch what you post. I am not trying to “preach” because I am included in this conversation also. I have seen so many people who are leaders lose their credibility because of their posts. It is sad but it is the truth. If people think that you are the “Turn Up” King or Queen they might not see you as the best fit for a role. If people perceive you to be completely negative all the time via social media that will definitely affect your credibility.

When your credibility is lost as a leader it is hard to get it back. The higher up you go in leadership the more you have to watch yourself. Even a simple tweet can ruin something for you. 140 characters have the ability to stunt your leadership growth. I have seen this happen time after time.

What people do not understand is that there are people who do nothing but lurk on social media pages. Meaning, these people pay attention to every post all day every day. They are waiting for an opportunity to expose you as something that you are or that you are not. That is why a person has to be careful when they are going through something what they post. I am not saying do not ever post an emotional status. But what I am saying is consider calling or texting someone before the world has the chance to see it.

A few good questions to ask yourself before posting anything:

Is it really that serious?

Will I care about this tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year?

Does this truly represent who I am or just how I want people to perceive me?

Does this tarnish my brand?

I want for each of you to be able to live your life however you intend to do it. That does not mean that people are not entitled to their fun. It just means the memory is only left with those who were actually there to experience it.