By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to encourage you to write more personal notes. Reading time: 3:14.
If your word is your bond, then your signature is your imprimatur. No wonder a leader’s personal handwriting in general and signature in particular is a meaningful leadership tool.
Making a Signature Statement
Through their personal handwriting, leaders more directly dip into the ink well that bottles their being.
Write-sizing leaders become more reflective than reflexive; more self-less than selfish and more personable than procedural.
Through their personal handwriting, leaders more readily squeeze their most productive and instructive feelings and thoughts onto the page like so many drops of blood, sweat and tears embedded within the drops of ink.
With that emphasis on personal handwriting, the most effective leaders invest mightily in their fountain pen of choice as a validating tool of their leadership. Their fountain pen of choice prescribes their personal elan and the savoir faire requisite in a leader. Their fountain pen of choice also projects as much of the leader’s performance portfolio as the Rolex on their wrist.
The investment is well worth it since the pen just may be mightier than the sword.
After all, handwriting analysis as a behavioral tool — a key leadership indicator–predates the formal study of psychology, according to author Bart Baggett, a leading handwriting analysis expert and founder of Handwriting University. And today psychologists focus on handwriting to better define that person’s personality and fears.