Communication for Leadership
Communication is important at all level. However it is much more complicated, and leaders at all levels need to know a whole lot more than just sending and receiving information.
Here are some things to remember for leaders when communicating.
Communication is important for leaders
Brace yourself, communication is critical and it is a core leadership function.
Effective communication and effective leadership are closely intertwined. Leaders need to be skilled communicators in different relationships, situation and sometimes culture.
You need to think with clarity, express ideas, and share information with a varied of audiences. You must learn to handle the fast exchanges of information within the organization, and among customers, partners, and other stakeholders and influencers.
3 important facts about Communication for Leaders
- Authenticity is valued — a lot.Be honest with yourself and find your own identity. Let who you are, where you come from, and what you value come through in your communication. People follow real. Don’t disguise who you are.
- Be visible.If you want to communicate well, you need to be visible. Show up in person and don’t be out of sight. You can’t simply “hide” behind your emails as people need to see and have the chance to interact with you.
- Be a ListenerGood communicators are also good listeners. When you listen well, you gain a clear understanding of another’s perspective and knowledge. Listening fosters trust, respect, and openness.
5 Tips for effective communication for leaders
- Communicate all the time.
Communicate information, thoughts, and ideas clearly — and frequently — in different media. Keep your processes open, transparent, and find ways to remove any hurdles that might hinder smooth exchange of communication.
- Simplify and be direct.
Say what you mean and mean what you say. Be direct but respectful. Avoid using jargons or complex terms.
- Encourage 2 way communication.
Encourage the other person to offer ideas and solutions before you give yours.
Do 80% of the listening and 20% of the talking.
- Use stories. Facts tell, story sells.Telling good stories creates trust, captures hearts and minds, and serves as a reminder of the vision. Plus, people find it easier to repeat a story or refer to an image or quote than to talk about a vision statement, strategy document, or project plan.
- Affirm with your actions.
If people hear one thing from you and see another, your credibility might take a hit.
People need to trust you.
Your behavior and actions communicate a world of information — be clear on the messages you send when you aren’t speaking a word.