10 Unmistakable Signs You’re Talking Like a Leader

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Leaders talk like leaders.

There is a rhythm, a cadence and an unmistakable style of communicating that can instantly be recognized in effective leaders. It’s a way of communicating that mobilizes teams, that instills confidence and that clarifies directions.

Leaders talk like leaders.

Like any language, the skill of talking like a leader can be learned, developed and mastered.

As a starting point, here are 10 unmistakable signs that you’re talking like a leader…

1. The Language of Leadership Aims for Clarity

  • Leaders don’t muddle their message by trying to use impressive sounding long words. Leaders are driven to ask not, “Was it impressive?” but “Was it clear?”

2. The Language of Leadership Paints a Compelling Picture

  • Leaders describe a picture of a preferred future. And they do so using vivid, inspiring word pictures of where the journey is going.

3. The Language of Leadership is Concise

  • Leaders are not ramblers. They get to the point.

4. The Language of Leadership is Passionate

  • For leaders, tone is as important as content. They use their voice, their expression, and their body language to convey the authentic passion they feel.

5. The Language of Leadership is Emotionally Intelligent

  • When leaders speak they keep their radar on full alert to the emotional dynamics in the room, and they adjust their words accordingly.

6. The Language of Leadership is Thoughtful

  • The mark of a leader is the profound ability to speak well-reasoned words, versus off-the-cuff opinions.

7. The Language of Leadership is Optimistic

  • Leaders are not naïve, but they communicate hope.

8. The Language of Leadership is Truthful

  • ‘nuff said.

9. The Language of Leadership is Respectful

  • Leadership language does not dominate a conversation; it makes sure all of the other voices are heard.

10. The Language of Leadership is Action-Oriented

  • Leaders don’t merely talk about a subject. They use their words to move people towards action.

Take the time to study the communication skills of great leaders. Watch and listen for how they deliver their message in a way that is compelling, clear, respectful, and so on. Discern how they apply these principles into their communication.

And then be purposeful in incorporating these principles into your own communication.

Because the mark of great leadership is not only found in what you say, but in how you say it.

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Scott Cochrane

Lifelong learner, practitioner and coach of leadership, across more than 50 countries. Follower of Jesus, husband of Nora, grateful parent and grandparent.

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