Here’s the reality. We have all lived with ourselves for all of our lives. So if we have a change of position or responsibility in our leadership, we feel the same but others see us differently. Once we were ‘peers’, now we are ‘supervising’ and ‘leading’. Our words have different importance, our thoughts spoken become expectations or commands regardless of our intentions. Thinking out loud can become ‘actionable items’, words spoken in jest become ‘the supervisor’s opinion’. All of it is because there has been a change in perspective by others. Thoughtful leaders realize that their words now have more value and they use them wisely.