Usamah Ahmad<br />OD Training Aug ‘09<br />Inxight360 Communications<br />The Language of Leadership<br />
Some Definitions<br />If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.  <br />				Co...
POWER<br />is<br />the ability to get others to do what you want them to do.<br />
LEADERSHIP<br />is<br />1) the ability and<br />2) the willingness<br />3) to influence others to change willingly.<br />
It&apos;s not the critic who counts.  It&apos;s not the man who points out where the grown man stumbles, or how the doer o...
LEVELS OF HUMAN ACTIVITY<br />(for Leadership and Change Management)<br /><ul><li>.  BEHAVIOR
.  THOUGHTS
.  VALUES AND BELIEFS</li></ul>Searching for LEVEL THREE LEADERSHIP<br />
In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their ow...
Language is <br />the light of the mind.<br />			John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)<br />
EFFECTIVE LEVEL THREE LEADERSHIP LANGUAGE<br /><ul><li>Clear
Respectful
Stimulating
Congruent</li></li></ul><li>CLARITY in LEADERSHIP LANGUAGE<br />Men employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.<br />			...
Un-Clear<br />If only everyone talked the way we do in my household.  I mean. . . if only everyone . . . like . . talked ....
Clear<br /><ul><li>Picture of where we want to go:  vision.
(Not a gift, requires hard work and thinking.)
Hopes and Desires
Plan
Expectations/wants
Invitations</li></li></ul><li>Respectful<br /><ul><li>Recognizes potential value:  Ask not what your country can do for yo...
Caring (What are your outcomes?)
Listening  (What’s your view?)
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  1. 1. Usamah Ahmad<br />OD Training Aug ‘09<br />Inxight360 Communications<br />The Language of Leadership<br />
  2. 2. Some Definitions<br />If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things. <br /> Confucius (c. 551-479 B.C.)<br />
  3. 3. POWER<br />is<br />the ability to get others to do what you want them to do.<br />
  4. 4. LEADERSHIP<br />is<br />1) the ability and<br />2) the willingness<br />3) to influence others to change willingly.<br />
  5. 5. It&apos;s not the critic who counts. It&apos;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.<br />Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States<br />
  6. 6. LEVELS OF HUMAN ACTIVITY<br />(for Leadership and Change Management)<br /><ul><li>. BEHAVIOR
  7. 7. . THOUGHTS
  8. 8. . VALUES AND BELIEFS</li></ul>Searching for LEVEL THREE LEADERSHIP<br />
  9. 9. In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language!<br />Mark Twain<br />
  10. 10. Language is <br />the light of the mind.<br /> John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)<br />
  11. 11. EFFECTIVE LEVEL THREE LEADERSHIP LANGUAGE<br /><ul><li>Clear
  12. 12. Respectful
  13. 13. Stimulating
  14. 14. Congruent</li></li></ul><li>CLARITY in LEADERSHIP LANGUAGE<br />Men employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.<br /> Voltaire (1694-1778)<br />
  15. 15. Un-Clear<br />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? <br /> Robert Nordell<br />
  16. 16. Clear<br /><ul><li>Picture of where we want to go: vision.
  17. 17. (Not a gift, requires hard work and thinking.)
  18. 18. Hopes and Desires
  19. 19. Plan
  20. 20. Expectations/wants
  21. 21. Invitations</li></li></ul><li>Respectful<br /><ul><li>Recognizes potential value: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country
  22. 22. Caring (What are your outcomes?)
  23. 23. Listening (What’s your view?)
  24. 24. First Person “I” or “we” statements
  25. 25. Descriptive not judgmental
  26. 26. Takes time</li></li></ul><li>Stimulating<br /><ul><li>Engaged,
  27. 27. passionate, focused on Level Three
  28. 28. Challenging
  29. 29. to established routines, beliefs and values
  30. 30. Creative
  31. 31. Memorable
  32. 32. Intent
  33. 33. Related humor and metaphors</li></li></ul><li>Congruent<br /><ul><li>Truth telling:
  34. 34. Welch: Be candid with everyone
  35. 35. Promise Keeping
  36. 36. Consistent
  37. 37. With actions: Walking the Talk
  38. 38. With followers’ goals
  39. 39. No Disguises or Deceptions
  40. 40. No Manipulations</li></li></ul><li>SELF DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS<br /><ul><li>Clarity: What do I want? What do they want?
  41. 41. Respectful: What can they offer? How does our mission need them?
  42. 42. Stimulating: What will get their attention? How can I demonstrate my commitment?
  43. 43. Congruent: Can I be honest with them and me?</li></li></ul><li>It’s just semantics . . . .<br />Yes, <br />and the words we choose and how we deliver them make all the difference.<br />
  44. 44. <ul><li>English minus the “is” stative verbs.
  45. 45. What do we really know as “fact?”
  46. 46. How does our self-talk influence our feelings and vice verse?
  47. 47. How can we be more accurate in our statements?
  48. 48. How much is opinion? Can we be honest about that?</li></ul>E-prime:<br />
  49. 49. If thought corrupts language, <br />language can also corrupt thought.<br /> George Orwell<br />
  50. 50. <ul><li>Replace your “buts” with “ands.”
  51. 51. Don’t disguise statements as questions.
  52. 52. Speak in the first person.
  53. 53. Describe rather than evaluate.
  54. 54. Persuade respectfully, don’t coerce.
  55. 55. Seek first to understand</li></ul>Some Additional Tips<br />
  56. 56. THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP is<br /><ul><li>Clear
  57. 57. Respectful
  58. 58. Stimulating
  59. 59. Congruent</li></li></ul><li>Languages are the pedigrees of nations.<br /> Samuel Johnson<br />The language of leadership is the mark of an educated firm and an effective leader.<br />
  60. 60. THANK YOU<br />

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