There’s No “I” in Team: What Speech Reveals About Status and Leadership

Experts are always looking for ways to gauge a job applicant’s thinking skills, sense of self-esteem and self-confidence, and ability to lead. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “studies show people of higher status tend to use ‘we’ more often than ‘I’” and they focus on the high-stakes world of college football coaching to illustrate their hypothesis. Could speech patterns reflect how employees in your industry (or at your workplace) conceive of themselves and their place in the organization? Could you benefit from a fresh appraisal of your own use of the first person plural? Click the link below for a fascinating look at how speech plays out in our appraisals of others: