05 May Words matter when it comes to leadership
When it comes to leadership, words matter.
For instance, in speaking to your teams, if you ask them to “meet” a goal, you’re merely asking them to hit a milestone. But if you ask them to “accomplish” a goal, you’re giving them the chance to do something great. Or so it sounds.
If you “address” a problem, it only means you’ve acknowledged it. But if you “act on” a problem, chances are, you’ve fixed it.
If you “avoid” a crisis, you sidestep it. If you “prevent” a crisis, your actions have direct impact on what happens.
These subtle differences in language mean a lot when it comes to allowing — I mean, enabling — people to succeed.
For the leaders I work with in my role as Managing Partner, choosing language carefully can make a big difference when it comes to empowering teams. So what do you think? Do words matter? We would love to hear about your experiences!
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