#224: 10 English Power Words for Leaders
Whether you’re in a management position, you’ve been recently tasked to lead a project, or you’re seeking to develop your career, fine-tuned leadership skills are essential for success.
These are the skills you use when organizing other people to reach a shared goal and when you motivate others to complete their tasks.
Knowing the vocabulary and understanding definitions of leadership skills can be especially helpful when you’re aiming to:
- interview for a job in English
- write a resume
- determine opportunities for personal/professional growth
So I’d love for you to join me today in exploring 10 English Power Words on Leadership.
Before we get into the lesson, let’s talk about what I mean by Power Words.
If you’re a student in my Confident Job Interviews course, then you’re definitely familiar with this.
A power word is a word that creates an emotion and a response. The emotion might be pride, accomplishment, relief, excitement, etc.
And when I say it’s a word that creates a response, what I mean is it may inspire someone to take action.
Furthermore, power words can help us be more precise in our meaning.
Everything you learn in this lesson today is aimed to boost your English vocabulary so you have more options when you’re choosing your words and it’s designed to heighten your awareness of these leadership skills in English.
10 English Power Words for Leaders
Power Word #1: Achieve
We often use verbs like “can” or “do” to communicate what we’re capable of doing at work. In the process, we forget to take ownership of the hard work involved in attaining a result. ‘Achieve’ is a powerful word that communicates your ability to attain your goals, not just do something.
- Example: “My team and I achieved our goals and met expectations.”
Power Word #2: Delegate
When talking about your role as a leader, you may need to describe your style of team and task management. In these instances, it’s important to choose words that demonstrate your strengths in managing teams or projects.
The next time you describe your experience, rather words such as ‘assigned’, ‘gave’, or ‘told’.
- Example: “As the Public Relations Manager, I often delegated digital outreach tasks to new team members as a way of helping them learn more about our clients.”
Power Word #3: Deliver
When you’re working in a fast-paced and competitive field, colleagues and employers want to hear if you’re capable of meeting expectations and bringing results. ‘Deliver’ showcases your professionalism and leadership. Moreover, the word implies that you’re someone who is capable of bringing results to the table.
- Example: “I delivered the desired results and met expectations.”
Power Word #4: Facilitate
As a leader, you’re often required to find routes for smooth transitions or make a process easier. When describing such experiences, you might use words like, ‘suggested’, ‘assisted’, ‘helped’, or ‘aided’.
However, we can opt for replacing those words with ‘facilitate’. ‘Facilitate’ not only communicates your involvement in an action, but it also communicates that YOUR assistance allowed something to progress forward.
- Example: “I facilitated opportunities for employees to maintain work-life balance by introducing a 4-day workweek.”
Power Word #5: Implement
Implement is a great verb to say that you were able to successfully and practically carry out an action. Instead of saying that you ‘introduced’, ‘tried’, or ‘used’ different strategies, try saying:
- Example: “I regularly reviewed and implemented strategies for stronger client outreach.”
Power Word #6: Improve
You are someone who has the skillset to make something better. Oftentimes, you might unintentionally downplay this by saying that you changed, altered, or updated something. To showcase your leadership and experience, replace the aforementioned words with ‘improve’.
- Example: “I improved the legacy code for the company’s client management database.”
Power Word #7: Mentor
Nothing says leadership like the ability to mentor and train a team member. Every workplace relies on someone who is great at their job to guide and help a new employee.
- Example: “I mentored a new colleague and guided him throughout his training period.”
Power Word #8: Resolve
As a leader, there are times when you need to make strong decisions. ‘Resolved’ is a great verb for converting the determination and authority that go hand-in-hand with making a decision.
When explaining the solution to a problem, particularly if the solution or decision wasn’t an easy one, rather than ‘came to the conclusion’ or ‘made the decision’, you could say:
- Example: “I resolved that the team would require strict deadlines to avoid further delays.”
Power Word #9: Spearhead
Spearheaded is an empowering verb for speaking about your achievements with confidence. Spearheading is the epitome of leadership and means you can lead a team or workplace in an endeavor. It also means that you took the lead.
- Example: “I spearheaded various projects for expanding and improving the core services.”
Power Word #10: Specialize
Finally, ‘specialize’ is a straightforward and strong word to use as a means of emphasizing your skills, education, or experience. It means that you offer something special or specific.
Example: “I specialize in SEO optimization and data analytics.”
Now that you’ve reviewed this list of power words for leadership, it’s time to practice.
I have 3 questions for you to consider:
- What is your favorite new word on this list? Share it using your own example sentence.
- Which word on this list describes one of your strengths? Try using it in your own sentence to describe your expertise.
- In your opinion, what skills should a leader possess? Why?
I look forward to hearing your responses. The best place to share is in the comment section below.
Have a fantastic Confident English Wednesday!
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thank you for the support. Your strategies and the way of delivered the message of importance of learning English made me more confidence to follow your videos even on the way to work.
My English is in very low level.But i have a very strong Goal to achieve and i definitely on it. I reviewed and decided to implement strategies to overcome the shyness in in English Language.
I tried to use few words that you introduced and already added to my vocabulary note book. please give me a feedback.
thank you for everything….
Hello Annemarie, Thank you for everything, 1/ My favorite power word is spearhead, I spearheaded two projects at work to help pupils in difficulties in learning by using the classic methods and modern technology ones. 2/ Mentor, I enjoy mentoring the new hired people, I make them feel important and totally concerned to achieve our goals. 3/ The leader of a team should be able to delegate, smart in mentoring, and wise in spearheading. Obviously, the boss should make a perfect choice when he hires the members of his team. This will facilitate the job, as he can delegate the… Read more »
Thanks so much for sharing your examples, Raoudha! I’m so pleased that you discovered new vocabulary.
I absolutely agree that the abilities to delegate, mentor, and spearhead efforts are critical skills for a good leader. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on that question.
Dear Annemarie, here I used some of words you explained very beautifully. 🌹Implement….My company’s reputation has gone down this year due to some lazy workers but by implementing all good strategies I became successful to build the impression of my company high again. 🌹Words like Achieve & Mentor. I learned a lot of English after my retirement but at this age achieving goal of mastering English seems impossible to me.But somehow I mentor myself sincerely to improve English language in my highly tight schedule. 🌹Word Resolve…After fighting a good and strong fight with Britishers Mahatama Ghandhiji resolved on a solution… Read more »
It’s good to hear from you, Meena. Thanks for sharing your examples here.
One note: When using ‘resolved’ we would say that someone resolved to do something. So in your sentence, we can simplify to say, “…Mahatama Ghandhiji resolved that Britishers has to leave India at any cost.”
Wow Annemarie, so happy to see your reply. It was really mistake but I’ll be more careful about my writing in future. Thank you very much for answering me. We
Sorry but after the word britishers comes have or had, right? Or me I’ve to go back to primary school?
HI Annemarie 1,my favorite new word from today’s lesson is “spearhead” i spearheaded to implement a new recipe to the children’s weekly meal plan. 2,”improve ” I requested my boss to share his thoughts about the my work to improve my services. 3,needs to be an excellent facilitator,able to resolve issues,and spearheaded ***when a leader is good at facilitating there is a very high chance of achieving the result from a given task without overwhelming a particular individual or without delaying that specific agenda. ***if a leader has a good problem solving skill obstacles may change into opportunities or a… Read more »
Thanks so much for sharing your comments and examples here! I’m pleased to know you’ve discovered so much new vocabulary.
One question: with the children’s weekly meal plan, is this at an organization or school? To spearhead is a very strong verb that implies leading a difficult effort. Making a significant change to an organization would be an appropriate use.
Once again, Annemarie you gave a demonstration of professionalism. These are all words used a lot in a job environment. With your weekly lesson deliver you make these words part of our vocabulary in a simple and natural way. Your mentoring facilitate our journey. We just need to practice to achieve our goals, in this case, we can’t delegate, otherwise we’ll not improve. I implemented and spearhead a whatsapp group of colleagues interested like me in the English language. I share with them some of your lessons. Maybe I’m not resolving all my needs like an English learner but I’m… Read more »
Thank you so much for this comment, Gabriel. I’m so pleased to know my lessons are helpful to you. And great use of ‘implemented and spearheaded’ for your efforts in starting a WhatsApp group!
I liked Delegate the most.
I specialise in resolving the seemingly chaotic situations.
I believe a leader needs to empathetic towards all the team members and must include their opinions on any given agenda.
Thanks so much for answering all 3 questions, Bornali! What makes ‘delegate’ the most appealing word to you? And I agree 100% that a leader must be empathetic — this is a critical trait for success.