We use language to reflect upon ourselves and what we want others to think of us. Language allows self-reflection in this way. It helps us gain an understanding of who we are as individuals and as leaders. It allows us to analyze and/or monitor our communications. In order for us to be truly effective at leading others, we have to be effective at leading ourselves. If we are not able to really know ourselves, we are only being deluded into thinking that we can lead ourselves. Self-reflection also lets is identify and own our traits, both our personality and our leadership traits. Self-reflection lets us monitor our communication and adjusts it to be effective; it also allows us to recognize our core values, not only by naming what we value, but also the importance of it to us. Along with our values and by taking time to reflect on our own self, we can start to clarify our own personal vision of what we want to be. We reflect on ourselves in every kind of aspect in our social atmospheres. The way we interact with each other differs from culture to culture due to the fact that they may have different values, cultures and views. We have to remind ourselves of that in each part of our social lives as well as different cultures having different value views.
Language organizes perception by using symbols. Language is a persuasive tool but can also be misleading and confusing. The most powerful ability of language is to understand and effectively communicate. For example, a prototype of a friend affects how a person judges a particular friend. By placing a person in the friend category, the category will most likely influence us on how we interpret the person and his and/or her communication. If we say something that might sound a little insulting, a friend might see it as teasing but a random person might see it as insulting. Even though that the words don’t change the meaning could be different; depending on how the perception of the words and person speaking. The...
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