The other day I came across an interesting article that I think all of us in leadership roles should take note of. One of my favourite leadership thought leaders, Skip Prichard was discussing on his blog the key phrases that differentiate strong leaders. I thought it will be worth sharing a few of these phrases with you, as I’m sure all of us should look at including these into our leadership lexicon over the coming days and weeks.
Phrases of Strong Leaders
In my experience, individuals in leadership roles with high egos and low self-esteem find it very hard to apologise when things go wrong. On the other hand emotional intelligent leaders, the first people to say sorry when there’ve stuffed up.
When things go wrong in your world, do you look to blame others, would you accept responsibility?
“Tell me more.”
Have you ever noticed it’s generally the leaders who lack confidence who try and solve everyone’s problems? On the other hand, an effective leader is that man or woman who is curious to learn more. It is this type of leader who listens and encourages his or her team members to figure out their own problems first, before offering their own insights.
“What did you learn?”
Rather than seeing failure as doom and gloom, effective leaders learn from their setbacks and encourage their team members to do the same. Every error, fault, mistake and failure comes with lessons learned. A highly effective leader embraces mistakes as opportunities to learn.
“And what else?”
As leaders we shouldn’t be too quick to jump in. Instead, when a colleague is sharing his or her thoughts and ideas, or a problem, ask them this very powerful question when it seems like they’re finished talking. Asking for more information opens doors of insights and opportunity.