I went into a Fortune 50 company as a fresh graduate. I emerged 5 years later as a leader. This is what I learned during my time at P&G.
Ok so I need to choose what I share, because 5 years of experience can’t really be distilled into a single post without sounding like a meme.
Here are 5 things that I learned about speaking as a leader, since you know, that’s kind of my jam:
𝟭. 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀.
You own the project. So speak like it. Your words need to clarify team member’s roles, address issues before they become issues and check for comprehension.
𝟮. 𝗔𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗺𝘂𝘀 𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁.
If what you say would be printed tomorrow as a headline in the New York Times, would you be able to stand by it? If not, don’t say it.
𝟯. 𝗕𝗲 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄. 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗶𝘁 𝘂𝗽.
Young employees have more new ideas than clean socks. But when you share an idea, have the data to back up why it’s a good one.
𝟰. 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹.
My boss got me presenting on my second day. A few years later, I became the youngest employee to present to the second most powerful woman in the company. I had to learn how to present at any level, inside and outside the company, without hesitation.
𝟱. 𝗕𝗲 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁.
Your team looks good, you look great. The best leaders showcased and highlighted their team’s work early and frequently.
🔥 What would you add to the list on how to speak as a leader? I’d love to know.