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Stop with the passive voice

Vol. 2017,  No. 28


Take ownership of your work: stop using passive voice

A big part of being more effective in the work you do involves developing your emotional intelligence. I recently read this article by Larry Kim that suggests 5 "hacks" to sharpen your emotional intelligence, and one of them involves being more "definitive" as a way to display higher emotional intelligence. Specifically, Kim discusses how using passive voice (e.g., "the report was submitted..." or "changes were made...") can cause others to see you as weak and as relinquishing ownership of what you should rightfully own. On the basis of emotional intelligence and other factors, I agree! So how can switching to active voice change other’s perception of you?  Read more.

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