We all know that communication plays a huge role in our leadership. Think of it this way: as a leader, you only have two tools: 1) What you say, and 2) What you do!
You your words wisely. Here are five words you should say more often…
Admitting you need help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. Let me prove it to you. The last time you heard a friend or family member say, “I’m not certain what to do. I really need help here. Do you know anyone who might be able to help me?” How did you feel about them afterwards? Wow, that person was really humble. I really respect that.
Similar to ‘Help’, saying ‘sorry’ will increase the level of respect your colleagues have for you. If you’ve read my writing for long you know that I’m a huge advocate of saying, “I’m truly sorry. I take 100% responsibility for the mistake and I’m so sad it happened. What can I do to make it right?” Admitting a mistake takes guts—no matter how big or small the mistake is. Say you’re sorry, why you’re sorry, and own up to it.
Yes and No
Saying ‘yes’ will result in different things is very positive, especially if you have ways of always shooting down ideas or even people. Don’t say “Yes, but…” Instead say “Yes, and…” And then say what you were going to. As for the opposite… Rich people say “No” far more often than poor people. Be nice and say no to take back your life.
As a leader, it’s important to not just ask “what?” and “who?” but also “why?” Think of it this way, why would you make more money to spend more time with your family, when you aren’t spending enough time with them now? Why is rest important? Why should I have the difficult conversation that I’ve been putting off? Why is a powerful word!
Tell me more
When someone else is talking about something interesting to them, and you say “tell me more,” it’s like water to the garden of their heart. After that you can ask“What else?” Leaders who LISTEN are always rated highest!
Good news!If you’ve already been using these words, you’re on your way to being an awesome leader! If not, get started now. Why wait? If you need help, just ask. (See, I used two of the words right there!)
This list originally came from two articles in Inc. Magazine that you can check them out here and here.
Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and start using these words!
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