Like it or not, what you say and what you do as a leader has an impact on others. If you’re in a leadership role, there are no casual comments.

Watch your wakeImagine my surprise to find these great leadership tips offered in a boating and fishing magazine:

  • You are responsible for your wake and any damage it causes!
  • Always look behind your boat and check your wake. It’s as important as looking forward to make sure you have a clear path.
  • Wake zones are posted for two reasons:
    1. Constant wakes can erode a shoreline and cause damage to boats and docks.
    2. Big wakes can be uncomfortable and very dangerous for oncoming traffic, especially if they are smaller than you.
  • The key is to slow down all the way and obey the “100-foot rule” when close to the shore, floating devices and more.

Susan Scott, author of Fierce Conversations, says that everything each of us says leaves an emotional wake.

An emotional wake is what you remember after I’m gone. What you feel is an aftermath, after taste, or after glow.

What’s your wake?
In my next post, we’ll explore some ways to check your wake