Our words matter. What you say to your people has an impact on their world. Words can build people up or tear them down. Words can demonstrate recognition, insight, and wisdom. Leaders need to make sure they communicate positive, uplifting words to their people on a consistent basis. When they do this, they unlock the potential of their employees.
The words you speak to yourself are just as important as the words you speak to others. If you wake up and your immediate thought is, "today, I will see the good in everything." Say it out loud and those words becomes an affirmation. The tone for your day has been set. At the same time, if you get up and think, "today is going to be miserable," those thoughts can come out as negative words without you even knowing it.
In most of my coaching work with clients, I make it a priority to use words to encourage and support their development. Sure, there are times when my clients ne