The Language of Leadership

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Some Definitions. If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things. Confucius (c. 551-479 B.C.). . POWER isthe ability to get others to do what you want them to do.. LEADERSHIP is1) the ability and2) the willingness3) to influence others to change willingly..

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The Language of Leadership

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1. The Language of Leadership Jim Clawson The Darden School University of Virginia

2. Some Definitions

9. EFFECTIVE LEVEL THREE LEADERSHIP LANGUAGE Clear Respectful Stimulating Congruent

11. Un-Clear

12. Clear Picture of where we want to go: vision. (Not a gift, requires hard work and thinking.) Hopes and Desires Plan Expectations/wants Invitations

13. Respectful Recognizes potential value: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country Caring (What are your outcomes?) Listening (What’s your view?) First Person “I” or “we” statements Descriptive not judgmental Takes time

14. Stimulating Engaged, passionate, focused on Level Three Challenging to established routines, beliefs and values Creative Memorable Intent Related humor and metaphors

15. Congruent Truth telling: Welch: Be candid with everyone Promise Keeping Consistent With actions: Walking the Talk With followers’ goals No Disguises or Deceptions No Manipulations

16. SELF DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS Clarity: What do I want? What do they want? Respectful: What can they offer? How does our mission need them? Stimulating: What will get their attention? How can I demonstrate my commitment? Congruent: Can I be honest with them and me?

17. It’s just semantics . . . .

18. E-prime: English minus the “is” stative verbs. What do we really know as “fact?” How does our self-talk influence our feelings and vice verse? How can we be more accurate in our statements? How much is opinion? Can we be honest about that?

20. Some Additional Tips Replace your “buts” with “ands.” Don’t disguise statements as questions. Speak in the first person. Describe rather than evaluate. Persuade respectfully, don’t coerce. Seek first to understand

21. THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP is Clear Respectful Stimulating Congruent

22. Languages are the pedigrees of nations. Samuel Johnson The language of leadership is the mark of an educated firm and an effective leader.

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