In this post, we will discuss how successful leaders communicate with their teams. Let’s dive right in!
1. Communication is Two-Way Street
When we think of communication we often think about what we want to say. However, part of communication is active listening. Teams involve working with people with different personalities and backgrounds. Because employees may have a different work experience than you do, it’s important to make listening a top goal. Great leaders make time to get to know team members. They draw on them for advice. Ask them for ideas as problems arise. The best leaders are not only smart but surround themselves with smart people. Some of your quietest employees may have the best ideas. Create an environment where people can speak up in a positive way. Employees that feel heard will be more open to communication when you need to give it if you have a track record of listening and valuing their input.
2. Invest in Learning How to Communicate
Like many job skills, communication is a learned skill. Even naturally gifted communicators can learn ways to improve. Leaders find ways to improve. Find a mentor or read leadership books about communication. Work on saying what you want to say with clarity and brevity. Additionally, learn to work with different styles of communication. Some people may prefer a relational approach while others want to focus on numbers and facts. Each person is different and a great communicator will work to communicate with every style.
3. Body Language
Another way leaders communicate is through body language. Active and engaging communicators lean in when someone else is talking to show interest. They make eye contact during meetings. A large percentage of communication is non-verbal. Employees will pick up on disingenuous communication. People can tell if your mouth is saying one thing and your body language is saying another. Learn to use body language to show that you are listening and to lead meetings effectively.
4. Lead by Example
If you have specific values or want to set a standard of communication, embody that for employees. Go out of your way to focus on solutions rather than problems. Don’t gossip behind others employees’ backs. Never lie to employees and avoid exaggerating. Praise great work and learning. Honesty and transparency in communication builds trust and long-term loyalty. When you are professional, it sets the tone.
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