Word power

Leaders’ words have power. What you say matters. What you don’t say matters. Your team will use your words to create a lens to look at issues through. The absence of words creates a different lens that they will look at issues through. As you move higher up in the organization, the power of your words gets stronger. You may not be able to see it (because it’s just the same old you), but as you promote up the ranks, things change. An off-hand comment made by a CEO takes a different meaning than the same comment made by a team leader. From someone who has heard enough leader BS over the years to choke a goat: Use your words carefully. We are listening. 

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on October 26, 2018

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