I have spoken and written many times about how words are so important.
How many times have we seen people go on record with careless words using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.?
My mother would always say when I was younger, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say it at all.”
There isn’t ever a time when a leader is justified in using careless words.
With that said, I have seen leaders use words carefully, which breeds loyal followers and continued support.
Leaders who use words carefully…
1. Understand the importance of relationships.
2. Are comfortable in their own skin.
3. Are aware of how to move teams.
Regardless of what profession you are in or whom you are leading, you will find a great deal of success with speaking caring words. It is great to remember these words from Proverbs 16:24, “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
On the contrary, I have also seen leaders use their words so carelessly. I hope you are not using your words carelessly.
Careless use of words stems from one or all of these reasons:
1. A leader is uncomfortable working with people.
2. A leader lacks confidence.
3. A leader has been hurt.
4. A leader lacks compassion.
5. A leader lacks education.
6. A leader is stagnant.
Whatever you do, be careful to judge these leaders. Many of these leaders are great leaders, but just need help in the area of communication. You may have supervisors, bosses, or family members who use careless words.
How do you fix this problem?
If it is you or another leader, fixing this problem is all about awareness. A leader must realize that he or she is using careless words.
Once a leader figures out they are using careless words, then they should discover why they are using careless words from the list of reasons aforementioned. It is the why that usually helps a leader “right the ship.”
Leaders should know the most important thing life is a relationship, which directly affects their vision. So any leader looking for success of their vision will discover ways of changing their careless words to caring words to build better relationships.
Question: How are you handling your words? Leave your comments below.
Peace and Prosperity,
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