The Language of Leadership Jim Clawson The Darden School University of Virginia www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
Some Definitions www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth...
www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com POWER   is the ability to get others to do what you want them to do.
www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com LEADERSHIP   is 1) the ability and 2) the willingness 3) to influence others to change  will...
www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com It's not the critic who counts.  It's not the man who points out where the grown man stumble...
www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com <ul><li>.  BEHAVIOR </li></ul><ul><li>.  THOUGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>.  VALUES AND BELIEFS </...
www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making th...
www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com Language is  the light of the mind. John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
EFFECTIVE LEVEL THREE LEADERSHIP LANGUAGE <ul><li>Clear </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating </li></...
www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com Men employ speech only to conceal their thoughts. Voltaire (1694-1778) CLARITY in LEADERSHIP...
Un-Clear www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com If only everyone talked the way we do in my household.  I mean. . . if only everyon...
Clear <ul><li>Picture of where we want to go:  vision.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Not a gift, requires hard work and thinking...
Respectful <ul><li>Recognizes potential value :  Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your co...
Stimulating <ul><li>Engaged ,  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>passionate, focused on Level Three </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenging...
Congruent <ul><li>Truth telling :  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Welch:  Be candid with everyone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promise Ke...
SELF DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS <ul><li>Clarity:  What do I want?  What do they want? </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful:  What can t...
It’s just semantics . . . . www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com Yes,  and the words we choose and how we deliver them make all t...
E-prime:   <ul><li>English minus the “is” stative verbs.  </li></ul><ul><li>What do we really know as “fact?” </li></ul><u...
www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com If thought corrupts language,  language can also corrupt thought.   George Orwell
Some Additional Tips <ul><li>Replace your “buts” with “ands.” </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t disguise statements as questions. </...
THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP is <ul><li>Clear </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating </li></ul><ul><li>C...
<ul><li>Languages are the pedigrees of nations. </li></ul><ul><li>Samuel Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>The language of leaders...
www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com THANK YOU www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com www.bookfiesta4u.blogspot.com
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  1. 1. The Language of Leadership Jim Clawson The Darden School University of Virginia www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  2. 2. Some Definitions www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things. Confucius (c. 551-479 B.C.)
  3. 3. www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com POWER is the ability to get others to do what you want them to do.
  4. 4. www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com LEADERSHIP is 1) the ability and 2) the willingness 3) to influence others to change willingly .
  5. 5. www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com It's not the critic who counts. It's not the man who points out where the grown man stumbles, or how the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who actually is in the arena, who strives violently, who errs and comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who if he wins knows the triumph of high achievement, but who if he fails, fails while daring greatly, so his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
  6. 6. www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com <ul><li>. BEHAVIOR </li></ul><ul><li>. THOUGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>. VALUES AND BELIEFS </li></ul>LEVELS OF HUMAN ACTIVITY (for Leadership and Change Management) Searching for LEVEL THREE LEADERSHIP
  7. 7. www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language! Mark Twain
  8. 8. www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com Language is the light of the mind. John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
  9. 9. EFFECTIVE LEVEL THREE LEADERSHIP LANGUAGE <ul><li>Clear </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating </li></ul><ul><li>Congruent </li></ul>www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  10. 10. www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com Men employ speech only to conceal their thoughts. Voltaire (1694-1778) CLARITY in LEADERSHIP LANGUAGE
  11. 11. Un-Clear www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com If only everyone talked the way we do in my household. I mean. . . if only everyone . . . like . . talked . . you know. . . the way we do . . . right? It would be so much . . . like . . . easier . . . you know . . . to understand . . . right? Robert Nordell
  12. 12. Clear <ul><li>Picture of where we want to go: vision. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Not a gift, requires hard work and thinking.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hopes and Desires </li></ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations/wants </li></ul><ul><li>Invitations </li></ul>www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  13. 13. Respectful <ul><li>Recognizes potential value : Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country </li></ul><ul><li>Caring (What are your outcomes?) </li></ul><ul><li>Listening (What’s your view?) </li></ul><ul><li>First Person “I” or “we” statements </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptive not judgmental </li></ul><ul><li>Takes time </li></ul>www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  14. 14. Stimulating <ul><li>Engaged , </li></ul><ul><ul><li>passionate, focused on Level Three </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to established routines, beliefs and values </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Memorable </li></ul><ul><li>Intent </li></ul><ul><li>Related humor and metaphors </li></ul>www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  15. 15. Congruent <ul><li>Truth telling : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Welch: Be candid with everyone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promise Keeping </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With actions: Walking the Talk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With followers’ goals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No Disguises or Deceptions </li></ul><ul><li>No Manipulations </li></ul>www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  16. 16. SELF DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS <ul><li>Clarity: What do I want? What do they want? </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful: What can they offer? How does our mission need them? </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating: What will get their attention? How can I demonstrate my commitment? </li></ul><ul><li>Congruent: Can I be honest with them and me? </li></ul>www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  17. 17. It’s just semantics . . . . www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com Yes, and the words we choose and how we deliver them make all the difference.
  18. 18. E-prime: <ul><li>English minus the “is” stative verbs. </li></ul><ul><li>What do we really know as “fact?” </li></ul><ul><li>How does our self-talk influence our feelings and vice verse? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we be more accurate in our statements? </li></ul><ul><li>How much is opinion? Can we be honest about that? </li></ul>www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  19. 19. www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. George Orwell
  20. 20. Some Additional Tips <ul><li>Replace your “buts” with “ands.” </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t disguise statements as questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Speak in the first person. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe rather than evaluate. </li></ul><ul><li>Persuade respectfully, don’t coerce. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek first to understand </li></ul>www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  21. 21. THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP is <ul><li>Clear </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating </li></ul><ul><li>Congruent </li></ul>www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  22. 22. <ul><li>Languages are the pedigrees of nations. </li></ul><ul><li>Samuel Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>The language of leadership is the mark of an educated firm and an effective leader. </li></ul>www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com
  23. 23. www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com THANK YOU www.powerpoint4u.blogspot.com www.bookfiesta4u.blogspot.com

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