I am forever intrigured by the concept of singleness of heart and action. References to this in the Bible speak to living life in a Godly way. Philippians 2:2 – Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in the spirit and purpose. Peter knows that to be anything less displays to the world a weakness that can be taken advantage of.
So let’s think about how it applies to our work life. Do our actions and words always align with a consistent spirit or purpose? As we’ve built out career, have we ever complain about a situation and when our boss asked us what we thought we dramatically changed our tune? Have we ever made comments about some one that we would never say direct to their face? Of course we have. It is an ugly side of human nature to complain and criticize - and let's be honest, we all know quite a few women who fall victim to this. Leaders should be above these kinds of behaviors - but even so some of us have taken along this behavior baggage as we have moved up the ladder.
Mixed messages present a huge opportunity to diminish our strength as a leaders so we need to caution ourselves from being in a position of giving mixed messages for a number of reasons:
You will not be percieved as solid.
What you say will be repeated.
It is hard to undue a negative comment.
You will be seen as someone that can be drug into negative speak.
Leaders looking to motivate, generate change or create an enviroment of innovation will undermine themselves by conflicting or negative speak. Some leaders think the way to motivate teams is to empathize with them but this is not always so. Negativity creates doubt, and doubt is difficult to unseat once it has a place in the mind.
As a Christian in the workplace, guard yourself. Your witness comes in multiple forms and on many levels. Seek to remain constant in the words you use – your teams will respect you for it.
God loves Christian Executive Women whose words motivate and encourage.