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The Power of Our Words: Building a Better World by Leading with Influence, and Nurturing Relationships Across Generations

The Power of Our Words: Building a Better World by Leading with Influence, and Nurturing Relationships Across Generations

In a world too often measured by tangible achievements, we frequently underestimate the impact of the intangible – our words.

Yet, words possess a power to uplift spirits and inspire greatness. This reality encompasses every relationship in our lives, with children and with adults.

Just as children are deeply affected by the words they hear, so too are adults. The power of word choice in our interactions with others cannot be overstated. Positive affirmations, genuine compliments, and expressions of gratitude are all invaluable. These words and phrases strengthen bonds, foster trust, and deepen connections. Conversely, criticism, negativity, and hurtful remarks can erode relationships, breed resentment, break down self esteem and self worth and create barriers to communication. I have always instilled in my children that, “It’s nice to be nice.” It really is that simple!

The impact of our words on adults extends beyond the immediate moment; it influences how people perceive themselves, their worth, and their potential. I’m not sure why we rely on others to confirm our worth; perhaps a topic worthy of a separate discussion, but it is a stark reality, like it, or not. Encouraging words boost confidence and reignite passions. Words that belittle or diminish can chip away at self-esteem and hinder progress. In this, no one wins.

As adults, we have a responsibility for the language we use and the messages we convey. Our words have the power to shape the dynamics of our relationships. By choosing words that uplift, support, and affirm, we create a culture where individuals feel valued, respected, and empowered to be their authentic selves. When people feel valued, they always exceed expectations. In this, everyone wins.

The power of word choice extends to the realm of leadership and influence. As leaders in our respective organizations – whether as managers, mentors, or role models – our words carry significant weight and authority. By leading with empathy, compassion, and integrity, we can help inspire others to greatness and cultivate cultures of collaboration, innovation, and inclusivity.

The transformative power of words transcends age and circumstance, impacting every facet of our lives and across all relationships. Whether speaking to children or adults, our words have the potential to uplift, inspire, and empower. Let us choose our words thoughtfully, recognizing the profound impact they have on others, and on ourselves, and strive to create a world where kindness, understanding, and mutual respect prevail.

Imagine if we all focused on lifting one another by using the power of our words.  Oh, what a wonderful world it would be.

Dr. Lori Koerner

Dr. Lori Koerner has been in the field of education for over three decades. She spent the first 26 years of her career as an elementary school teacher, having taught every grade. She is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar, and served as an adjunct professor for special education at several universities in New York.

Dr. Koerner is currently an Assistant Superintendent in a public school district on Long Island in New York. Her research has been centered on educating the whole child; that is, developing students’ social competencies, emotional well-being, and physical fitness through recess and play so that they are best equipped to meet their maximum academic potential.

Dr. Koerner is a mom of four, and a bold child advocate. She has written numerous articles for national magazines regarding paradigm shifts necessary for 21st century learning. Dr. Koerner has presented across the country regarding innovation in education.

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