This week I want to talk to you about managing your leadership message.
Ladies and gentlemen, every day, by the words that we use and the actions we take, we are communicating a message to the people that matter most to us. Whether it’s our family, an employee, a key stakeholder, a shareholder or a board member, we’re communicating a message.
An important question is: are you doing it purposefully or accidentally?
If you are communicating your message purposefully you can and will get so much more leadership traction and will be so much more effective…if you manage these three messages.
1. The message you send to yourself. The six to eight inches between your ears is the most important repository of the messages you send you can manage. Are you sending messages to yourself of optimism, a can-do attitude and playing to win? Or, are you sending messages of the inverse? Whatever message you plant in between your ears creates a mindset that is cascaded throughout your entire organization.
2. The message you send to employees. Are you sending the message that you want every employee to be an owner as opposed to an employee? Are you sending the message that you want every employee to be engaged in creating the extraordinary? What message are you sending through the words you use and the behaviors you exhibit? This message needs to be managed purposefully in order for you to have the greatest success.
3. When employees or key stakeholders respond to you, how do you manage the message that you send to them in return?
There are three messages: one to yourself, one when you deliver messages to others and one grounded in how we respond when we receive messages from others. These are three critical messages that will help you become a more effective leader.
Monday Morning Minute Challenge:
This week, identify one meeting you will attend and the message you want to deliver. How will you craft this message? What words will you say, what examples will you give, what results will you associate with your message?
After delivering your message the second part of this weeks challenge is to learn from your experience and ask, “what worked, what didn’t work and what will you do differently next week?”
By engaging in this weeks challenge you’re sending a message to yourself about continual improvement, getting better, learning and growing. And that’s a fabulous message to cascade throughout your organization also!