Byron's Babbles

We Words for We People


You can tell a lot about a person by paying attention to how many times they use “I” in her average email. John Manning (2015) taught us to, “Make yourself less visible in the ownership of successes by assigning the ownership of the results, accomplishments, and progress to the team, such as ‘Our goals as a team are that we plan to hit $120 million in revenue by year’s end and grow our customer base by 10 percent'” (Kindle location 1489). True leadership isn’t found seeking the spotlight, but seeking to shine the spotlight on others. The best leaders only use “I” when accepting responsibility for failures. Likewise, they are quick to use “we” when referring to successes. 

 Leadership isn’t about your rhetoric; it’s about your actions. Leadership might begin with having a vision, but it’s delivering and implementing the vision that will ultimately determine your success as a leader. Remember, without your people there is no platform. Without your team you have nothing to lead. When you place yourself above the people you lead you have failed as a leader.


Manning, J. (2015). The disciplined leader: 52 concise, powerful lessons. Oakland, CA: Barrett – Koehler Publishers, Inc.


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