THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP - I
The letter ‘I’ leads the language of leadership in my vocabulary.
I actually define leadership using three words beginning with ‘I’. I am so drawn to these fabulously powerful words which resonate so well with leadership.
However, everyday I give myself 15 seconds to complete a quick brain dump and these are the ‘I’ words:
What about you – what’s your go-to ‘I’ word which reflects your leadership. Or, what about the leadership you admire in others? And better still, if you ask others what they hear you say, what would they tell you?
Narrowing it to three words, I have selected: Influence, Inspire & Impact.
This forms an organic leadership system.
If we effectively communicate with people, we influence them, and we’re likely to inspire them to follow and do what we’re expecting – generally it’s about making or having an impact on the customer, community or environment.
I am always asking people, who do they want to influence? And, why do they want to influence them? And then we discuss communication methods which would have a greater opportunity to influence specific stakeholders. We purposely mine for data to understand the differences in these people: how one person would prefer to know in advance the information you want them to receive and respond to and those who want the information in bullet point form on a powerpoint at the meeting. This indeed is skilled influencing and people respect you when you speak in their language.
When there is respect, the door is open to inspire people. This is heightened when leaders are consistently consistent. They keep repeating the same behaviour: acknowledging everyone by their name, listening, responding on time, helping out and backing people who take risks. Consistency breeds a safe work-space.
When everyone is on board, following the flow of the leadership, we start to see an impact. We start to see the change.
Our impact on others can be powerful. We can positively and negatively have an impact on others. It’s all about the choice of our behaviour.
So, how do you feel about the impact you have on others? Do you know the impact you are having?
What are your ‘I’ leadership words? C’mon, join us as we explore our language of leadership.