Actions speak louder than words

This known phrase came to me 2 weeks ago when I met with some Executives and Managers to ask their views on leadership qualities and training. In fact everyone had been on training courses and workshops on the subject and was very knowledgeable. The biggest problem seemed to lie in implementing what had been learned .

Line Managers clearly identified a gap between daily actions and the theory and agreed that regular coaching sessions after a training seminar make all the difference. Often people are very motivated after training sessions, but when the daily routine takes over, what has been learned is soon forgotten. Regular coaching sessions helps employees stay on tract and intergrate the new insights and skills more easily and effectively long term.  

We further agreed that the leaders that moved and inspired us most were the ones that acted in line with what they were talking about. In fact from the first moment of contact their style is apparent. After meetings, perhaps we soon forget the detail of their words, but their behavior, their actions stay with us, actions speak louder than words.

Speaking with so many different Managers and Leaders also moved me to look at my own actions once again and I realized how important it is for me to 'walk my talk'. I realized that when I am at my best I also open the door for the people around me to be at their best. So I asked myself what does it take for me to be at my best? Here is what I came up with:

I feel I am at my best:

When I am authentic

• When I am motivated by caring rather than by fear

• When I am passionate and focused about what I do

• When I am well prepared and clear about my intention

This has been a valuable lesson I re-learned and which helped me to re-commit myself to ‘walk my talk’ and add some daily self-coaching tools to help me stay on track.


Christiane Pohl

Author:. Christiane specialises in coaching Executives and their teams with managing change, achieving their objectives and developing their soft skills for lasting success.She is an EMCC accredited Leadership Coach & Mentor with a professional background of over 25 years experience as Senior Manager in internat... Go Deeper | Website

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