PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

I was listening to a business leader speak about an initiative he had led.  It was clear that he, more than anyone, had made it happen.  Yet, his frequent use of the pronoun “I” didn’t come across well.

People expect leaders to assume responsibility but share credit.  If the leader is taking full responsibility for a failure, the impression can be powerfully positive.  But, if the leader is perceived to be taking full credit for a success, the impression is negative.

I don’t believe this executive was selfishly grasping for credit.  He was just saying “I did this” or “I did that” when he truly had.  Nonetheless, he would have done well to say “we” more often.  Even if “I” was more accurate, “we” would have projected a better leadership image.

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