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Words Leaders Use

If leadership was easy, everyone would be doing it, right?

But it’s not easy … and clearly, not everyone is doing it! Not well, anyway.

One of the indicators of a leader is how we talk … which is a direct reflection of how we think.

Here are some words and actions associated with Response Leaders:

Vision v. History

Us v. Them

Team v. me

Objectives v. Agenda

Disappointed v. Offended

Responsibility v. Blame

SERVICE v. Self-Service

The last one is particularly useful.

If the results of our actions result in the people around us being better … then we’ve committed an act of service.

  • And authentic service is at the very core of a respected leader.

However, if our actions result in only our own ego being stroked or there’s no detectable benefit to the ‘greater good’ … then we’ve a committed an act of self-service.

  • And self-service is seldom associated with leaders we respect.

The world already has an over-abundance of self-serving people … what can you do this week to commit an act of authentic service?

Mike McKenna

About the author

Mike McKenna is the founder and president of TEAM Solutions. He helps public and private sector leaders improve their outcomes before, during and after a planned event or unplanned crisis.

Please contact Mike via the Contact page.

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