Words are powerful.
Recently in the news, we see yet another celebrity immersed in backlash for words spoken. True, as Maya Angelou stated, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” It is those words that we speak that create such an emotion-filled response.
Thoughts are powerful, but only because thoughts are steeped with words and stories we tell.
As leaders, we have a huge responsibility to be thought-filled of our words, the vehicle, by which we communicate.
Let’s not just be conscious and strategic in the words we don’t say, but even more responsible in the words we do say. Do your words lift up or pull down? Do your words encourage or diminish? Do your words inspire or de-motivate? Are your words love-fueled or your words fueled by fear?
Remember, leadership is powerful—use your power wisely.
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