We have all heard the nursery rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it just ain’t so. Words can hurt, and they can hurt deeply. Our words can turn an enemy into a friend and a friend into an enemy. Our words can lift someone up or tear someone down. In fact, one of the most powerful things we have as a leader is our words.