We all have freedom to do, be, and say anything we want. Recently, there has been a social questioning of our freedom of speech. Especially when many people are speaking on such a wide breadth of topics close to our hearts. Our freedom of speech exists until it is used to deny or infringe on the rights of others. So, unless it is rude, disruptive, or offensive we have the freedom to say what we feel strongly about.
Attention leaders, please think deeply before you speak your opinions and act your beliefs as those around you may to believe what you say and how you act is okay, acceptable and non-harmful. Regardless of your opinion(s) of where we are today, leaders must continue to serve and elevate those around us.
Empathy for those we serve
As leaders, we must constantly consider those we serve. Coming from a place of empathy and compassion is a huge part of being a leader. Our words and how we use our words are both pieces to the puzzle of what makes us a leader. If we do not take a moment before we speak to filter and rework our thoughts before they come racing out of our mouths, we have to deal with the possibility of infringing on the rights of others. Are your words kind and helpful? Do your words elevate those around you? Are they going to bring positive movement to everyone who is listening and watching you?
“Leaders become great not because of their power but because of their ability to empower others.” ~ John Maxwell
Elevating those around you
How do we determine what is helpful or what will elevate those around you? Think about the next statement and ask, will this offer some kind of appropriate action? If our comments are offering feedback, suggestions and asking questions then move on. If you are judging, belittling or condemning, then please rethink your word choice, timing or need to speak at all. Leaders, we are to contribute to the progression of the mission and those around us. One of our main goals is to elevate the conversation and add a positive movement.
Actions beyond words
Think about what we are saying with our actions as well. We should ask the same questions of our actions that we did with our speech. Our beliefs are at the root of what we say and do, and our actions and speech are the manifestation of these beliefs. So, what are you demonstrating based on your beliefs? Is it an accurate reflection of what is in your heart? When we feel challenged or come from a place of fear, we tend to speak and act out of character to defend ourselves. As leaders, we cannot afford to do this. Our followers, employees, and children are watching us. We must be better and see what is happening around us and continue to lead with speech and action that motivate and elevate those around us. ‘Being an example’ is a simple filter.
Take a moment this week to think if your words are reflecting your heart. When they are, you will immediately have the ability to empower those around you. We must be better and see what is happening around us and continue to lead with speech and action that motivate and elevate those around us. As a leader, we should never stand in the way of another person’s freedoms.
“Everyone has the potential to become an encourager. You don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to be a genius. You don’t have to have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and initiate.” ~ John C. Maxwell
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