The Words of a Leader

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.


Whether you are giving employee feedback or simply having a discussion in a meeting, the words you use as a leader have a bigger impact than you might think.

In her book, Well Said!, Author Darlene Price explains that actions may speak louder than words… but words and thoughts are the seeds of those actions.

Words announce to the world how you feel and what you think about important workplace values like respect, commitment, accountability, gratitude, initiative, service, and excellence.

Suggested Resources

Online Article: 10 Phrases That Will Make You a Better Leader


Book: Well Said!: Presentations and Conversations That Get Results

I’m Kirk Allen Patten, founder of HumansLeadingHumans, LLC and seasoned leader with years of training and practice in coaching and developing leaders at all experiences and levels. If interested in having a quick discussion on how I might help you, your team or company, please send me an email at

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