Becoming an Effective leadercommunicator: 7 Steps to Success

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 05, 2018

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.

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Tags: Leadership Communication

Myth: “Talking is communication”

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jan 10, 2018

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.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

Knowing How to Communicate is Only the First Step to Drive Action

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Nov 28, 2017

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.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

13 Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Drive Employee Engagement

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Nov 08, 2017

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.

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Empower Others and Help Them Believe in Themselves – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 13

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Oct 11, 2017

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. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communicator Quest Challenge

Give Others Feedback and Be Open to Input – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 12

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Oct 02, 2017

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. 

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Create Dialogue That Makes a Difference – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 11

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Sep 20, 2017

A cheers is in order! You’ve completed the 3rd part of the Courageous Communicator Quest journey. What did you learn about your employees that you didn’t know before? Did you gain any new perspectives? 

You’ve come so far. You’ve made it to the final leg of the challenge: Leading Through Honest Communication. This will be the hardest yet. Why? Because now you must combine all of the things you have learned in the previous three parts, and actively put them to use in your daily interactions with employees. Where past challenges asked you to look within, to understand your situation, and to work toward an understanding of others, now you’ll need to directly connect with others to inspire them to action and help achieve your vision. You’re so close. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communicator Quest Challenge

Understand Others & Listen Empathetically – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 10

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Sep 13, 2017

During last week’s Challenge, did you notice the impact emotionally connecting with purpose had on your employees? How did they respond? Tapping into people’s emotions allows us to command an audience’s attention and helps drive your organization’s strategy forward. 

This is one of my favorite challenges. To get work done through others, you’ll need to develop an understanding of how others think and why they think the way they do. The Courageous Communicator knows that empathy, or the ability to put oneself in someone else’s shoes and see the world from their perspective (which is not to say that you have to agree with or condone their thoughts and actions) is an essential component of great leadership. 

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Create an Emotional Connection – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 9

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Sep 06, 2017

How did your employees respond to you during last week’s Challenge? Inquisitive looks? Big smiles? It’s important to continue to keep those words and phrases as a part of your regularly used vocabulary, whether they’re new to you or not. The path of great leadership is a continuous one, not a one-time event. 

In this Challenge, you’ll see how emotionally connecting your employees to business goals is an integral part to communicating effectively. What we feel impacts what we do and goes a long way because it’s more memorable and motivating to the listener. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communicator Quest Challenge

The Courage to Deliver Difficult Messages

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Aug 29, 2017

It’s a little-discussed term in business today, yet is at the very core of dealing with the tough situations many leaders face. 

I was working with a leader who was preparing to make some significant changes in his organization’s structure, including people changes. As we talked more, and his eyes welled up with tears, I realized how tough these decisions were for him. In the end, it was the right thing to do—his customers’ needs had changed; the market had changed, and his organization wasn’t set up for success. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills, Authenticity

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