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Power and Language Structure

Hello guys,

the more I study power dynamics, the more I realize that it has a lot to do with language structure. Yes, body language and appearance matters of course. The first time I thought about it was when I heard Jocko Willink say that he had to study something at University in order to be an officer. And he chose English because to him language was what was most important to learn to be a good leader.

What do you think on this topic?



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Yeah, I think a language is a fundamental tool in the toolkit.

I'd personally be at a loss to say what's more important.

Say, for example, is body language more or less important frame control, or of personal appearances?
Or is money less important than skills, or are highly placed friends and allies at work less important than a good relationship with your boss?
Or is what you say less important than how you say it?

I wouldn't know how to answer any of those questions, and I don't think you even can answer those questions -they're just too context dependent and not generalizable-.
And I don't think they're helpful, either.
If anything, they're more misleading than helpful -see the (in)famous Merhabian study where what you say is 7% only, a total nonsense conclusion-.

Which is why in PU I take the approach of "everything is interconnected / there are a number of equally fundamental pieces that need to be addressed", rather than providing a top-down approach of what's more important.

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