Dr. Geil Browning
CEO & Founder
Emergenetics International

The words we choose to use can have a powerful impact—both positively and negatively—on our audience. By using what we call the “Language of Grace,” leaders have an opportunity to create a positive and encouraging tone for their organization.

In last week’s blog, I invited you to keep a log of the language you frequently use and then consider how those words make you feel. For this week’s Monday Motivation, I would like to consider how those words may make others feel.

Use the Emergenetics® Profile to guide you. For example, if you are speaking to someone with a Social preference, use empathetic language that considers those that may be impacted by your discussion. If you are speaking to someone with an Analytical preference, use language that supports logic and rationale.

If you’d like some help getting started, I invite you to use the Emergenetics+ app to connect with others who have taken the Profile. Within seconds, you can access a connection’s Profile, see your similarities and differences as well as get helpful tips for your interactions.

With practice, you will become more comfortable using language that meets the needs of others. By making this conscious effort and encouraging others to do the same, workplace patterns will change and a more positive environment will emerge.


For more tips on how to apply the principles in Work That Works, purchase a copy of my book here or fill out the form below to purchase the companion card deck, which provides actionable tips to support your leadership journey.