"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21Few muscles in the body wield more power than the little one inside the mouth. Leaders who understand this can greatly increase their influence. Many have said the American culture has witnessed four styles of leadership since 1950, each having different expectations concerning how followers should respond to words:
1. Military Commander - Leaders came out of the army and expected unquestioning obedience from subordinates.
2. Chief Executive Officer - Most leaders migrated to a different style driven by vision and shared by everyone. Yet it was still top down and possibly very narrow in scope.
3. Coach - Leaders moved toward a coach model where they saw employees as players on a team. This produced even better results, but still limited the possibilities to the vision of the coach.