Your voice is one of your most important leadership tools. It imparts information, suggests meaning, and creates relationship.
I like this article, which makes savvy distinctions between the expression of strength and aggression. In a nutshell:
1. “Think about what’s driving you.”
Your feelings will always leak through your voice.
Self-awareness will help you to monitor your “drivers”
and adjust your voice accordingly.
2. “Control your pacing.”
Aggressors unleash a punchy outpouring of statements and questions.
Instead, keep a steady and steadying pace.
3. “Monitor your tone.”
As with pacing, tone needs to be grounded and confidence-inspiring.
No need for a sharp tongue to assert your leadership.