When we plan and are purposeful, it can be relatively easy to communicate topics we support and care about. But how do you deliver messages that you don’t support or agree with?
Tags: Leadership Communication
There’s clearly no shortage of strategies for helping your organization grow and succeed today – innovation, transformation, strategy models, marketing, customer insights, and on and on. We all know the list.
Yet I remain a big believer in effective communication as the best – and often most overlooked – way to ensure strategic success. Without effective communication, all the strategic levers in the world won’t succeed because employees, clients and customers don’t understand and embrace the company story and path forward.Read More
We’re often asked what qualities the most effective leaders have when it comes to communicating effectively. Through our quantitative research of more than 750,000 leaders and employees inside some of the world’s leading organizations, and in the many focus groups we conduct every year, we’ve identified 11 attributes that matter most.Read More
Change is good. It is common wisdom today that we all need to embrace it. Yet too much of what goes on in organizations today isn’t really about change. Instead, “churn” probably better describes a lot of the activity, mainly because of poor leadership communication.
Effective leadership communication is often overlooked or not given the reverence it deserves. After all, in today’s ever more digital world, people are still the reason change lands well. People – and the way they communicate – are actually what drives positive transformation.Read More
One might be considered a strong communicator, but lack the other skills necessary to be a successful leader. However, the reverse does not hold true. Strong communication skills are paramount to successful leadership.
To understand what it takes to be a successful leadercommunicator, it’s important to understand what we mean when we say communication. This can range from an informal hallway chat with a colleague to a company-wide presentation to facilitating a staff meeting or huddle, to delivering the news of a major change impacting the entire organization.Read More
Tags: Leadership Communication
Leaders all too often suffer from “most interesting person in the room” syndrome. That means they can sometimes talk without saying much, or assume that because they’re talking, everyone is hearing the message in exactly the way it is intended.
There’s nothing as invigorating or energizing for me as spending time with clients working on some of their toughest communication challenges. I recently spent time training leaders on two-way communication with a focus on how to plan any kind of communication, as well as the six ultimate interpersonal skills needed for a productive and successful interaction.Read More
A leader’s personality and points of view are integral to his or her effectiveness. Employees respond positively to leaders whom they know are real people, those who communicate honestly and well. They want to know they are led by individuals who are willing to acknowledge their own strengths and weaknesses.
Inspire Employees and Move the Organization Forward
Articulating who you are and explaining your business priorities is a critical part of building a leadership platform that can inspire employees and move the organization forward. The best leaders understand they have greater capacity to build trust and strengthen their organization when they share part of themselves to earn the respect of employees.
You made it! From the last Challenge – Give Others Feedback and Be Open to Input – how did your employees respond to your feedback? Were you open to their feedback as well? Effective feedback is a powerful learning experience for everyone involved. When done well, it can only move us forward.
Your final Challenge awaits. Empowering others is one of the greatest gifts you can give your employees as a leader. It fosters innovation, increases employee engagement, and is essential to any progressive organization’s long-term success.Read More
You’re doing great, keep it up! What did you learn from the last Challenge? It should have been very helpful for you. It’s a great exercise to practice on a regular basis. You will notice over time how much easier it gets with continual improvements in your communication that lead to meaningful, productive outcomes.
This is the second to last Challenge. We can see the finish line; we’re on the home stretch. Continuing with the focus on Leading Through Honest Communication, giving feedback is something many leaders I’ve spoken with admit they’re failing at. Specific feedback should be a standard part of meetings and discussions to be effective.Read More