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  • Writer's pictureKathy Andrews

10 Ways to Talk Like a Leader

Do you want your direct reports to be positive team players? Then think carefully about how you talk to them.

Sometimes even a slight difference in your speech can send the important message that "we're all in this together."

1. Instead of saying "I" say "We."

Gone are your days as an individual contributor. You no longer achieve results on your own. You now deliver results with, and through, other people. Your language should reflect that.

2. Instead of saying "You need to fix this." say "Let's figure out how to fix this."

Model the behavior you want to see in your team. If you truly want them to be positive team players, you need to be one yourself. That means you don't put the burden of an issue solely on them, but you share it with them.

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