In leadership, it is all about inspiring, teaching, and influencing others. It is to bring them to the next level. But all this hard work can go down the drain but one loose word.
A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!
It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. – James 3:3-6
Although actions do speak louder than words, words can dismantle all the influential actions that you have shown. What you say can influence your working relationships with everyone around you, and make a productive work environment and turn it into a war zone.
What kind of leadership is that?
How many horror stories have you heard about people who pressed “reply all” instead of “reply”, and an “unfortunate” comment was passed right through the company?
Gmail has a five second delay, if you want to take back an email. Outlook has a feature where you can take back an email as long as the other party hasn’t opened it yet.
Why can’t we put a five second delay on our tongues?
Sometimes, it is not a matter of what we say, but how we say it. We don’t necessarily need to change our message, but our delivery of it. I am guilty of this. I am sarcastic far too much. I need to improve.