Words matter when it comes to leadership

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! 


By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific
Prestige Scientific specializes in all phases of drug development from discovery through commercial (learn more about our expertise). Whether you’re looking for your next career move, or someone to help your company invent and innovate, Prestige Scientific is here for you. Get in touch, mbarros@prestigescientific.com or via LinkedIn, to learn more about our process or talk about a new search project. View some of our current opportunities. 

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