What is Your Unique Leadership Vocabulary?

What is Your Unique Leadership Vocabulary?

On the first page of my 2010 dairy, I wrote to myself, “I will have a Happy, Balanced, Peaceful, Adventurous, Prosperous, Creative, Powerful, Spiritual and Emotionally fit New Year!” When I read it, it changes my state immediately and I become hopeful and positive.

Words, words, words…. They play such a crucial role in shaping our lives and what we become as people, both professionally and personally. I believe that all successful people use powerful language patterns to motivate them to achieve their dreams on a continual basis.

Leadership Vocabulary of Famous Personalities

Mahatma Gandhi

“We must become the change we want to see.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Walt Disney

“It is kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Walt Disney

Larry Page, Google

“Basically, our goal is to organize the world’s information and to make it universally accessible and useful.”

Larry Page, Google

Bruce Lee

“To hell with circumstances, I create opportunities.”

Bruce Lee

Mother Teresa

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

Mother Teresa

Mohammed Ali

“I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was.”

Mohammed Ali

In the corporate world, a manager plays a major role in building a team and getting results. Successful managers create a good vocabulary to motivate themselves and others. This vocabulary acts as an incantation and takes us forward.

My personal vocabulary is “Action creates energy and energy is everything”. I would love to hear and learn from your leadership vocab.

Do share your thoughts on the same.

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  • Well, my blog is filled with words that inspire me to embrace life and be happy

  • Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby! -Bernard Shaw(Pygmalion)

  • Remember the scaffolding of effective language : diction, rhythm, accumulation of argument, and alalogy.—Churchill on Leadership

  • Jasmit Singh

    “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

  • saiyid

    Action flows from energy—Leadership needs energy to act-not the other way

  • Fahd Khan

    “He who can have his patience can have what he will.”


  • While moving up in the value chain, being a resource to a leader, we react to the learnings in enabling the application to create an impact.

    For a leader, who has moved from the quadrants of learning to impact; there is no luxury of trail & error.

  • A leader, in the short-term, lends meaning to the team’s efforts and in the long – term helps them define their own purpose.

  • The words you use depend more on the listener and less on the speaker

  • Anahit

    Escalating subordinates – this is a real leadership approach and successful manager behaviour.

  • Yosr Fareed

    A leader is one who; knows the way, goes the way and shows the way

  • Part of my leadership vocabulary includes a saying that I often share with others, “Life gets better as I get better.” This drives me to constantly look for ways to improve.

    If you want the environment around you to change, look inside yourself and seek to make those necessary changes.

  • Live and train in such a way that your sense of honor will become greater than your moods.

  • Charmaine Short

    You can do, have and be exactly what you want providing you are prepared to get off your behind and take action.

  • Jim Rohn said: Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy. I think it was his paraphrase of “Give and it shall be given you, pressed down, shaken together and running over”.

  • I have drawn a line in the sand. It is a circle around me.

  • From my book, The Radical Leap: “Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do.”

  • My favorite quote is “Some people seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”

    If we change the way we look at people, understanding that each individual is worthy of being heard, perceptions shift, innovation is promoted, and things change.

  • P.S. that quote was from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • Michele Rubino

    Here are two personal favorites:
    “Some play the game; others change the way the game is played.” – by Howard Putnam
    “It is amazing what you can accomplish, if you do not care who gets the credit. – by Harry Truman

  • I have too many! Here are 2:
    “It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.”~Sören Kierkegaard~

    When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change, you will change.

    Thank you!