You have the power to change someone’s world with words. In fact, these three simple phrases have been shown to empower teamwork:
- I am sorry
- I can help
- You are talented
Your Words Matter
As Buddha is credited with saying, “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or evil.” And, as evidenced in nearly every segment of society today, these words are true!
How many times have you experienced ‘feeling’ a particular way, simply because of the words used to describe an event, situation, or even another person? For instance, maybe you’ve told yourself something is a ‘problem’ when you could have viewed it simply as a puzzle with a solution.
In her article, How Words Affect Our Brains, Margie Meacham cites a Harvard study that suggests the use of positive words can actually trigger the production of oxytocin in the brain, a powerful hormone responsible for feelings of well-being and security.
What Are You Really Saying?
While positive words are important, they are empty and worthless unless backed by positive actions. To see positive change in the way your team conducts themselves, as a leader, you must first speak carefully, then support your words in the following ways:
- Encourage constructive and respectful communication.
- Be reasonably flexible with expectations, goals.
- Cultivate trust through transparency.
Your team’s success depends on each team member and their willingness to follow your lead. Empower with your words and actions and watch your team step up and perform at higher levels with better results.
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