The true leader repeats the message at every possible opportunity,never hesitating to do so. These leaders are on the constantlookout for different ways to get the same message across. Theyconnect in personal ways, through e-mail, voice mail, notes andpublic addresses. They take every opportunity available to maketheir voices heard, even on the busiest of days.
This isLeadership Speak!
However, if the voice of leadership is not genuine, and does notreflect the real person behind the words, untold damage will bedone. This means that the leader needs to reach a well-definedlevel of understanding, and acceptance, of just who they are, whattheir values are, and what their purpose is. It means that they mustbecome honest enough to accept that they may have been wrongat times, leading with their vulnerabilities and putting their fears infront of them.Meaningful Leadership Speak does not just happen. It results fromskills learned by the leaders, evidenced by the fact that they getthings done – make things happen. They habitually take action,demonstrating that they match what they
with what they
.They recognise that not all people hear the same message, andthis is where the real skill comes into play – to truly connect withthe different types of people in their team. They know that withsome people they need to paint the big picture. Other people needto be shown that you genuinely care about them, and then thereare those who just want to be involved simply because they thriveon the energies of enthusiasm.A primary requisite for harnessing Leadership Speak is that theleader must learn to trust and be trusted. Leadership Speak is onlyeffective when people feel free to share their wants and needs andhave confidence that those they share them with will not punishthem. Think of trust as a bank account. Every time you tell a co-worker, supervisor or employee that you will do something andfulfil that commitment, you are making a deposit into the account.On the other hand, every time you don’t follow through, you are