I recently had a conversation with my daughter, we were talking about some recent family revelations I’ve had and how those things can change how we see our lives. She shared that she used to be very confused when I called my mom by her first name. She couldn’t understand why I didn’t call her mom.
So many times in our world we fail to understand that people are listening to us even when we say the smallest things. Like, when I call my mom by her first name. (I do this because technically she’s my aunt but that’s a whole other blog post!!)
As leaders we often say things that don’t really think about or maybe we do but we just feel like it’s not that big of a deal, but guess what it is! People are listening to you! whether they know it or not they are taking all of what you say and processing it to determine what type of leader you are.
When we say something negative about a co-worker or speak badly about another department we are setting a tone for our teams and they will act in the same way. We shouldn’t be surprised when they then do or same thing!
This week as you communicate ask someone you trust to make note if you say something that they feel maybe shouldn’t of been said. Listen to their feedback, you don’t have to take action on it, but simply listen to what they are saying. You might be very surprised by what you learn!
Your words are powerful, they will have an impact! You get to decide what that impact is!