Are You Sending the Message You Want?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in AdultLeader Practices, Leadership | 1 comment

imagesYou are always sending a message. What you do or don’t do, say or don’t say, follow up on or don’t follow up on sends a message to others – staff, peers, bosses, clients, loved ones… The message will create a perception of who you are, what is important to you, what you think about yourself, and what you think about them. If you take a moment to consider what perception might be created and check if this is congruent with the perception you would like to create, then you might reconsider.

As a leader, am I sending the message I want (a message likely to create the perception I want with staff, peers, bosses, clients, loved ones)? This is a great question to ask as you go through your day and make choices about how you prioritize and spend your time. The cumulative effect of your choices will contribute to creating your leadership brand with others. If that matters, then interrupt what you are about to do without thinking, and ask yourself the following questions:

1. What message am I sending by doing or not doing this, saying or not saying this, following up on or not following up on this?

2. What message do I want to send? Or what message is it important for me to send?

3. What effect will my choice have on my leadership brand?

Take a moment and send your comments and questions. If you were reminded of something, learned something, or questioned something, taking a moment to write it down will ground your observation and may inspire some future action.

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Stephen Carr is a successful, Boston-based Executive Leadership Coach. He can be found at www.stephencarrexecutivecoach.com AND www.facebook.com/StephenCarrExecutiveCoach.

1 Comment

  1. Great Post, it is especially useful when the author takes the time to spell out a solution in detail!

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