You hear it.
No one else hears it, yet it can be quite loud — as well as effective. ‘Self-talk’.
And, it’s critical for effective Leadership.
When we talk about Leadership qualities, most of the conversation tends to be about what an effective leader DOES. Leadership is certainly about doing good stuff but, at the heart of it is having the right inner voice. Leaders who have it propel themselves through a solution-seeking lens of optimism and hope and are the ones who lead us through difficult times.
There’s an interesting article on self-talk by Dr. Shonna Waters (The Power of Positive Self Talk and How You Can Use It, June 2021) where she discusses this strength.
WHAT IS SELF-TALK?
Self-talk is the stream of consciousness that runs through our head every day. It can be positive or negative — and typically falls in line with whether you are a positive or negative person. Successful people use positive self-talk to overcome the stray negativity that enters their mindset from time to time.
I’d rather be optimistic and wrong than pessimistic and right.
Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.Elon Musk
Besides the obvious benefit of using positive self-talk as a spring board to create solutions, there is some research that also points to some interesting physical and psychological benefits:
These are big WINS that are worth paying attention to!
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