Sunday, April 27, 2008

Language of Leadership

Sometimes the blinding flashes of the obvious are well... just that...blinding. This week I have listened to so many people say things like "I am in a bad mood." or "i am so tired" or "I am such a loser, moron, goof ball, etc". Though these things may seem completely benign, your brain hears a declaration of this sort and pretty much goes with the flow. It doesn't come back at you and say "No, you're not". Instead it says... "OKAY". so watch your language. Instead say... "I am getting better by the minute!", or "I am learning fast." or "I am going to get this."

There are a whole host of words that are not PC for the office and are also the first words one learns in a foreign language it seems, but there are words that are far more damaging than mere profanity. Watch what you say about YOU and about others. If you are going to be a successful leader, and you can be... there are some fine tuning things that are equally as important as the typical skills of delegation and time management. The language thing is key to watching your mindset ... the skill set of knowing what to DO will be much easier to grasp if you have a firm grip on what you SAY to yourself and others.

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