Your words have immense power. Directing your vocabulary positively can dramatically steer your life and leadership towards success. It’s crucial to lead with your words, as they frame how others perceive and respond to you. I’ve noticed many leaders use language that diminishes their authority, projecting weakness rather than strength.

Here are 9 phrases I’ve consciously removed from my workplace vocabulary to enhance my leadership presence:

Continual apologies can undermine your perceived leadership strength. It’s time to shift from a posture of apology to one of confidence and authority.

By becoming a source of emotional health and well-being, you influence your environment positively.

Here’s to elevating your leadership language!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.