If you own a business, lead an organization, or supervise others, what do you refer to them as? Employees? Staff? Underlings? Subordinates?
My suggestion is to, at the very least, refer to them as “associates.” Even better: “team members.”
On Twitter, do you refer to people as “followers?” Try, “friends” or “connections.” When inviting people to foll…err, I mean, connect with you on Twitter, isn’t it a bit more respectful to say, “connect with me on Twitter” rather than “follow me on Twitter?”
If you build a Network Marketing business, do you have people in your “downline” or do you have “valued teammates” or “associates?” In my opinion, either of the last two shows much more respect than the first.
Words do matter. They matter to those you lead and to the people who hear you talk about those you lead. People can sense the type of leader you are (I-focused or other-focused) by the way you refer to those you lead.
And, you know who else it matters to? It matters to you. Because, the way you refer to those you lead tells you a lot about yourself as a leader.
Your thoughts? Agree? Disagree? And, while we’re at it…anything I might have missed?