Expand Your Leadership Vocabulary

dictionary2(Originally posted on April 9, 2012)

I came across something  worth sharing with you, that I think will help you refine your leadership vocabulary.

If you want to be a good leader and set a good example for your team, the most important six words you can utter are “I admit I made a mistake.”

If you want to be a good leader and motivate the people around you, the most important five words you can utter are “You did a good job.”

If you want to be a good leader and build a sense of ownership throughout your team, the most important four words you can utter are “What do you think?”

If you want to be a good leader and make people feel good about helping you today, the most important three words you can utter are “If you please…”

If you want to be a good leader and make people feel good about helping you again tomorrow, the most important two words you can utter are “Thank you.”

If you want to be a good leader, the most important word you can utter is “We.”

If you want to be a good leader, the single word you should avoid most is “I.”

Good luck!

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The Latimer Corporation’s CEO Dean Brenner is a noted keynote speaker and author on the subject of persuasive communication. He has written three books, including Persuaded, in which he details how communication can transform organizations into highly effective, creative, transparent environments that succeed at every level.