The Leadership Lingo

Do you have the vocabulary of a leader, or do you have the actions of a leader?

It only takes reading a handful of articles and books on leadership to get the vocabulary down, throwing some popular leadership lingo into our business conversations. We’ve all heard the talk intended to impress about serving, adding value, leading by example, having an open door policy…

What’s really impressive is when a leader puts words and vocabulary aside and actually lives out what they believe.

You will gain the respect and the hearts of your people when they know you not for your leadership talk or philosophies, but for your leadership actions.


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  • Heidi says:

    Very true! There is nothing more disheartening than joining an organization, believing in the values that the organization’s leaders boasted about, and then finding out that the leaders don’t actually practice those values.

    • Linda Sasser says:

      Heidi, you’re right! How frustrating this must be and unfortunately very common for a companies stated values not to match what is lived out.

      When this happens I encourage others to not give in or up on those values. If the leaders won’t lead then we must lead. Maybe that’s why we’re supposed to be there…

      Thanks for your comments Heidi.