Most leadership studies are built on abstract ideas and vague descriptions about what a good leader looks like. But how do you become a transformative, inclusive or servant leader when you don’t feel like one? The buzzwords aren’t helpful, so here is some more practical advice – write like a leader.
If you want to be a humble but confident and assertive leader, then write that way. For example:
- Don’t write ‘utilise instead of ‘use’. Both words mean the same thing. Using a longer word doesn’t make something more important.
- Get rid of adverbs and adjectives. Confident writers don’t use generally, usually, carefully, normally, rigorously, especially etc without a good reason.
- Don’t bury your message. Say what you mean politely, but say it early and then stop.
You might not be a naturally confident or assertive leader, but you can write like one.