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Be a Leader: How to Talk Like One and Start Making Changes

on May 16, 2018

One of the skills of a good leader is to know how to communicate in an effective manner.

There are so many ways that a leader can improve his or her language and communication. Let’s cover a few:

Realized that the language a leader uses is different.

This kind of language serves a different purpose. It’s different from the language used in a non- leadership role.

What you say conveys meaning. Explaining a complex job-related activity and is the best way to demonstrate how you resolve situations. The next time that you reunite with your team, be careful about the words you use. Be concrete and be stirring. You must be comfortable in your own linguistic style.

Know what you want before you ask.

As a leader, it is important to know what do you want and where you want to go. If you know this, it will be reflected in the communication to your team. You must remain silent until the moment you are prepared to know what you going to say. Jumping the gun or being flighty and changing plans regularity causes your team to lose confidence in where they’re really going.

Know the right moment to use the “But”.

“But” is a contradictory conjunction. It sounds contradictory and causes a tiny bit of stress in our brain before hearing the words that follow. Most of the time, the “but” sound invalidates the positivity that came before it.

If one of your coworkers comes to you to an idea and you say: “Thank you for this, but..” you as a leader, are questioning the idea, but not in a good way. Not only does your “Thank you” now sound like BS, it sounds like you secretly hate the idea.

Instead use “but” use “and”, “however”, “yet”, or “that said”. In the right situation, if you’re against an idea and you have a rapport with the other person, you can simply say, “Hmm, here’s the problem I see with that”.

Communication and “how you say it” is crucial to entrepreneurs.

Know the moment to use superlatives.

Overuse of superlatives commoditizes something that maybe wasn’t that great. It makes everything sound the same. Rather than call something what it really wasn’t, “epic”, “Awesome”, “unbelievable” or “incredible”. Ask yourself if it really was, if not change for “very good work”, “well done”.

Short speeches, big ideas. 

As a good leader, you can say a lot in a few words, if these words are well chosen. Hope for the future is a potent message. As an authentic leader, you can talk about what is possible, how you are going to achieve, your hope, your vision, your belief and how this sets the course for the organization.

Let your team know you value their work and that their work matters.