“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
Today, we practiced giving teammates our esteem. We tried to make them feel encouraged by our words. We sincerely complemented those around us. We did not offer flattery or puffery. We chose our words carefully and spoke from our heart. I esteemed a few teammates. One, in particular, received it well. He let my words in and it changed his heart – his eyes told me.
Remember, the Latin word Cor means heart. To have courage means to have heart. The word discourage means to take heart and the word encourage means to give heart. We have an abundance of leaders in the world of work who are masterful at taking hearts. Our aim at BTL is to build leaders who have and give heart. We need more giving and less taking, right?
Your words matter, leader. The way you choose them matters more. The emotion, tone, and body language leave more of a mark than you think. Everything, and I mean everything, rises and falls on leadership. Your team is tuned in to your signal. Is what you’re sending worth receiving? How, leader, do you leave your people feeling? Slow down and sit with these thoughts for awhile. Slow down.
Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…