Management Power Or Leadership Safety In One Word – Part II

Last week we reviewed the power or safety on one word. The word “why” may create defensiveness and unintentionally poor communication, as the listener may feel threatened. What is one word that can instead lead to leadership safety? What is a word that builds up the listener, that encourages, creates a safe environment, and opens up dialogue?

That word is “help.”

“We don’t build trust when we offer help. We build trust when we ask for it.” ~ Simon Sinek

When we offer help – with the best of intentions – we indicate we are superior to the listener. We know more, maybe we have greater talents and skills. We offer suggestions and recommendations, ideas that may lead to better outcomes for the other person. We walk or drive away so proud that we helped someone. But our advice and counsel, even if they do result in better outcomes, higher achievement, and improved results for the other person, are unfortunately also ripping up trust. Trust building is the #1 job of a leader and it begins with creating safety in the environment. When we ask for help we are building trust and reciprocity for the listener, as well as indicating 3 powerful things:

Number 1
When we say to the listener, “I could use your help” it subliminally tells them that they are smart, they have capability, knowledge, talents, and skills, and it makes them feel good about themselves. Even if they are feeling down, our simple word “help” says they have value and are able to contribute. That is a powerful feeling and a safe place to build dialogue.

“Our goal as leaders is not to be the smartest person in the room. Our goal should be to have others feel like they are the smartest people in the room.”

Number 2
When we ask for help, we admit our own vulnerability. We admit that we are learners too, that we can learn from other people regardless of their title, money, or position in life. We become learners as we ask for help. And the people we ask for help become teachers. By admitting vulnerability through asking for help, we are saying, “I am human just like you and not a robot who is always right.” Followers will actively and willingly follow openness, kindness, and those who require help, instead of following someone who always has all the ideas or is constantly correcting others. 

“In the battle to be Right or Kind – choose Kind, it’s closer to your values and everyone else’s.” ~ Wayne Dwyer

Number 3
We give the listener a gift, by allowing them to help us. We all love to help, and we want permission to help. I have seen people stop their car in the street to help another person asking for directions. In the mall we see people stopping to help someone find a store. They stop. In a world all about hurry-up, speed, movement, and being in the next moment – asking for help allows others to be more present in the current moment. That builds an environment of dialogue, support, safety, and trust.

“People buy into the leader, before we buy into the vision.” ~ John Maxwell

The word help is more powerful than we know.


  1. I have learned some new things from a blog post. One other thing to I have found is that in many instances, FSBO sellers can reject a person. Remember, they would prefer never to use your expert services. But if you maintain a gradual, professional connection, offering assistance and remaining in contact for four to five weeks, you will usually be able to win a conversation. From there, a listing follows. Thanks

  2. Farmacia Canada Online Forum Cialis En France Rx Pharmacy Online canadian cialis Forum Cialis Sur Internet Generic Bentyl In Canada Without A Script Pharmacy Fedex

  3. Thanks for your post on this site. From my own personal experience, there are times when softening upwards a photograph may provide the photography with a little bit of an artsy flare. Often however, that soft blur isn’t what precisely you had planned and can sometimes spoil a normally good image, especially if you thinking about enlarging it.

  4. 247 Overnight Pharmacy Canadian Mujeres Y Viagra Cialis Sin Prescripcion buy generic cialis Le Cialis Wikipedia

  5. Levitra Vs Viagra Vs Cialis Cialis Sans Ordonnance Forum Uses Of Propecia viagra Levitra Effetto Ritardante

  6. I was recommended this web site by my cousin. I am now not certain whether or not this publish is written through him as no one else recognise such precise approximately my trouble. You are wonderful! Thank you!

  7. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appearance. I must say that you’ve done a amazing job with this. Additionally, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Chrome. Excellent Blog!

  8. Your place is valueble for me. Thanks!…

  9. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  10. Prix De Clomid Priligy From Gp priligy es efectivo Medicamento Cialis

  11. Buy Mirtazapine In Uk Levitra Original Online Generic Cialis Without A Prescription viagra Discount Acticin Elimite On Line Medicine Shop Que Es El Viagra

  12. Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any tips for novice blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  13. canada drugs pharmacy physicians for women

  14. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say great blog!

  15. Forum Cialis Kamagra Buy Cialis Best Viagra Prices 100mg

  16. Hello, after reading this amazing piece of writing i am also glad to share my knowledge here with friends. viagra generic

  17. Some truly great information, Gladiola I discovered this. “Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.” by Hippocrates.. sildenafil

  18. I enjoy the efforts you have put in this, thank you for all the great content.. online pharmacy

  19. Thanks, I’ve been searching for details about this subject for ages and yours is the best I’ve located so far.

  20. Hey very nice site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your site and take the feeds also…I am happy to find so many useful info here in the post, we need work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  21. Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your blog. You have some really great posts and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please shoot me an email if interested. Thanks!

  22. Awesome advice. Appreciate it.. order viagra online without script

  23. Really loads of valuable info. generic viagra pharmacy rx

  24. With thanks. Wonderful stuff. viagra dose.

  25. Whoa tons of superb knowledge!. cialis 20mg prix en pharmacie viagra sans ordonnance

  26. Regards. Plenty of posts.. generic viagra

  27. Cheers. Loads of posts. buy cialis

  28. Wow a lot of terrific info! cialis pas cher cialis generique

  29. Seriously a good deal of fantastic info. cbd oil for sale

  30. Whoa plenty of beneficial material. cheap viagra online canadian pharmacy

  31. You actually explained this really well! parapharmacie viagra sans ordonnance

  32. You actually stated it well. viagra coupons

  33. Wow tons of beneficial info. viagra without a doctor prescription viagra shop london

  34. Cheers, Fantastic information! viagra online generic

  35. Best Private Proxy Shop – – Order Private Proxies and Have 50 OFF in addition to Free Proxies!

Leave a Reply