As leaders do we really say what we mean? Do we think before we speak? I think this graphic does beg us to do some self reflection to make sure our words are truthful and beneficial. Here are a few things to consider that are represented in the Daily Muse post:
- Is what we are saying just lip service? Are we saying what we know we are supposed to but we don't actually believe it? If so why? Is there something we can do to change our perspective or circumstances?
- Is what we are saying revealing a bad attitude that we need to adjust? If the answer to this is yes, fix it before it comes back to bite you.
- Are we saying things that sound "nice" because we don't want to deal with the consequences of telling the truth? In this case is there something you could say to buy you time that is still honest, but allows you to compose your thoughts before you give an honest opinion?
- Are the questions we are asking really fishing for compliments? Or could the way we are asking questions be interpreted that way? If so work at learning how to self-promote without appearing self-promotional.
Get in the habit of saying what you mean and beware of the temptation to use your words lightly. Integrity begins with honesty and trustworthiness and being trusted at your word is essential to having a positive influence on your team. Besides that, everything you say says something about you - the good thing is, you are completely in charge of that!
How did reading that graphic make you feel?
Do you have any other ideas about what "bosses" say and what they mean or suggestions of how to improve that? Please add your comments.
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