Talk Like a Leader

How to Talk Like a Leader


When it comes to imitating someone in a particular field, we always look up towards the most influential and most impressive. Similarly, talking about leadership immediately brings names such as Gandhi, Mandela, Martin Luther King and Lincoln to the mind. These people were great leaders and led by their word. Communication skills and the ability to influence people have been identified as their biggest assets as noteworthy leaders. Hitler was one of the most influential people in the world and influenced millions of people by the power of mere words. It is not about making speeches and giving statements, but how a leader talks on a day-to-day basis also paints his image.


As can be seen with the great business leaders such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Donald Trump, Indra Nooyi and Richard Branson, the ability to communicate ideas and motivate teams has made them what they are today – successful. Although, different leaders speak and talk differently, there are some common characteristics that set them apart from the rest.


Effective Communication
When a leader speaks, everyone listens. Effective communication is the key to success in any given organization or group. The ability of a leader to put his ideas, vision and strategies across clearly and concisely determines the quality of output from the followers. If the message is not clear, the followers can’t follow efficiently. Thus, effective communication is essential for effective action.


Confidence And Credence
A good leader inspires and exudes confidence. When a leader speaks, he speaks powerfully and with certainty. He is secure about everything he is saying and this comes from the credibility of his information. A leader will never lend his voice, and his brand, to something unless he has absolute faith and confidence in the same. Confidence and credence are the two pillars of a leader’s speech pattern and an effective leader is one who uses them to impress and inform people around him.


Logical Arguments And Conclusive Dialogue
A leader is always measured in his speech; he gives logical arguments and works towards a conclusive dialogue. A leader never talks in vain and doesn’t argue without logic. Measured speech and logic in his speech let the leader put his points through clearly without losing the confidence of the audience/ listener. The ability to conduct conclusive dialogue lets a good leader make the final statement in any given discussion, thereby establishing his authority and position as a leader.


A good leader knows how to play with words. As a good orator, a leader uses words that are full of meaning and evoke human emotions. Thus, resonance makes everything a leader says momentous and memorable to the followers. Words such as “life”, “love” and “honor” are the best examples of resonance as they are full of meaning and leave a strong impression on the human mind. Jack Welsh put it as, “your job as a leader is to get into people’s souls”.


Motivation And Optimism
It is one of the primary duties of a leader to portray a vision of a future that is positive and better than the present and inspire the followers to work towards creating and achieving that future. Motivation and optimism are two very important aspects of leadership. While motivation is crucial to keep the followers encouraged and inspired, the leader should also be optimistic and show that when he speaks. Motivational speakers and optimistic leaders are the most forceful and the most convincing of the lot, and can get other people to do things while letting them believe that the inspiration to do so comes to them from within.


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