Leadership Minute: Hold Your Tongue?


I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm. – Calvin Coolidge

Ever had one of those times when you said something, and just as soon as the words came out of your mouth you instantly regretted it? Of course you have. We all have. In the spontaneity of the moment our mouth was in gear before our brains and we let it out. Most leaders I know are confident in their beliefs and opinions and are not shy about expressing them. That kind of confidence can be both a blessing and a curse. As a leader it’s all about finding the right balance between what you need to keep to yourself, what you need to say, and the best way to do it. What needs to be said needs to be said. How, when, and where are your considerations. The mark of maturity for you as a leader is figuring it out. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. The words you don’t speak are not the ones you will never have to eat.


About dougdickerson

I am an internationally recognized leadership speaker, columnist, and author. My books include: "Leaders Without Borders: 9 Essentials for Everyday Leaders", "Great Leaders Wanted", "Leadership by the Numbers", and "It Only Takes a Minute: Daily Inspiration for Leaders on the Move". I live outside beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
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