Be who you are poem by Dr. Seuss to describe Personal Leadership StatementsDo you have a personal leadership statement?

A personal leadership statement (PLS), is a great tool to use to be a more effective leader. There’s no point letting your PLS sit in a drawer. In fact, research shows the most effective leaders who have a clear, and compelling PLS share their personal leadership statement examples with others, particularly the people they work with.

Your PLS enables you to share yourself in a way that gives your employees insight, confidence, and connection to you. It also lets them know where you stand and what they can expect. My clients have used their PLS in creative and effective ways to:

  • Authentically introduce themselves at employee orientations, professional and networking events, you name it. People always care more about who you are than what you’ve done.
  • Incorporate elements into speeches, presentations, keynotes. For example, I have a handful of leadership stories about what my grandmother and my horses have taught me about leadership that I use regularly when I present at conferences or conduct trainings.
  • Share selections in written messages to stakeholders – annual reports, monthly newsletters.
  • Communicate their commitments, expectations, and perspective.
  • Focus their priorities.

How have you shared your PLS with others?  What has shifted for you – and for others – when you’ve done this?

Do you need a personal leadership statement?

If so, give me a call at  (425) 488-7747 or send me an emailI can send you some of the PLS examples my clients have used to become more effective leaders. Or you can sign-up for one of my programs on how to create your own PLS. I’m offering a special PLS package to new clients. In nine sessions, you’ll have clarity and focus around your core leadership purpose, values, expectations, and commitments.

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