Leadership Communication

One thing hasn’t changed since I first started the leadercommunicator Blog—effective leadership communication remains the secret to business success. Yet for most leaders, this is a significant blind spot that derails relationships, makes goals harder to achieve, limits advancement opportunities, and impedes overall business and personal success.

Here’s what many leaders don’t realize: They are already communicating whether they intend to or not. It’s human nature for others to read into our actions based on their perceptions. And as we know, actions speak louder than words. So, if we’re communicating with or without intention, my wish for every leader is to get good at it.

This blog is full of proven strategies to support one’s development – from entry level to CEO – on the leadership communication continuum. If you are new to the site, here are a few suggested places to start:

Most Recent Articles on Leadership Communication

Everything Leaders Do (or Don't Do) Communicates Something

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 08, 2020

There are very few things in this world that are neutral. Consider a gift that with special wrapping paper or bows – it says something about the thought, the meaning and the care in that present. It communicates something different than a brown paper grocery bag stapled shut.

Similarly, everything you do, and everything you say, communicates. And, importantly, everything you don’t do, and everything you don’t say, communicates.

It’s a reality for everyone in business and life. Yet being a leader, it’s critical because all eyes are on you.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

Stop the Information Vacuum and Give Comfort to Your Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 06, 2020

During times of change and uncertainty, there’s an information vacuum that fills whether we want it to or not.

It’s often the result of us as leaders waiting to communicate.

While we’re waiting to have more answers, more clarification, all the answers (which we’ll never have), the void gets filled, naturally and easily. And research shows it gets filled with typically more negative thoughts and conjecture than the reality.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Leadership Communication: 6 Steps to Handling Tough Conversations

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 01, 2020

It’s a given: Having tough conversations and communicating difficult topics is part of a leader’s job. But just like you plan for contingencies in your business, planning how you will communicate difficult messages can improve the ultimate outcome. It is seldom easy to share difficult news, but thinking through your approach in advance definitely can improve the process.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Stay Calm and Lead On

Posted by David Grossman on Tue, Mar 17, 2020

My husband, Steve, often says to me, “As long as we have our health, we’re okay.”

“As long as we have each other and our girls, we’re okay.”

“As long as we have a job we’re passionate about, we’re okay.”

Enter COVID-19, and much of what gives us comfort and helps us operate on solid ground is somewhat up for grabs right now, amid all this uncertainty.

Leading Through Uncertain Times

So how do we as leaders rise to the occasion and help lift our people up, instead of sinking them into more uncertainty and despair? A few thoughts to consider:

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

6 Tips to Improve Front-Line Leader Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Mar 16, 2020

Employees count on information from their managers and supervisors to understand what’s happening in their organization and how their work connects to the overall strategy. Yet managers aren’t always ready for the task.

While employees rank managers as their most preferred information channel, many managers feel ill-equipped to communicate consistently, according to research from Gartner. And more than a third (36%) are challenged in responding to negative reactions or difficult questions from their team members. In addition, 80% of change is driven at the manager level and 50% of managers are resistant themselves, according to Prosci data.

Here are 6 must-dos to help front-line leaders engage with employees and be more confident communicators:

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Tags: Leadership Communication

Inspire Your Employees Through Performance Reviews with These Key Questions

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Feb 10, 2020

If the annual performance review is a check-off-the-box activity, you’re missing a key opportunity to engage and motivate your employees.

Make the Performance Review a Chance to Inspire

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Face-to-Face Communication

The Two Steps to Make Any Communication Successful

Posted by David Grossman on Tue, Nov 05, 2019

Communication—done well—can be tough. But how can you increase the chances you will be effective and get what you want?

To get good at anything—whether in sports, business or a big focus of mine, parenting—you need to work at it. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

The 5-Minute Leader: Creating Your Best Message

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Oct 21, 2019

What comes to your mind when you think about the world’s great leaders? Often, it’s how they inspired people or organizations to achieve greatness. Or a stirring speech that delivered a compelling message. The fact is, many great leaders are also great communicators. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Internal Communication, Communication Skills

The Top 6 Questions Leaders Have About Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Oct 14, 2019

I talk to a lot of leaders who say they want to communicate effectively, but they’re not sure how to. They have questions about how to overcome communication challenges, how to share tough news with employees, and how to measure the effectiveness of their communication.

I thought I’d answer the top six questions I get from leaders about communication.

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Tags: Leadership Communication

Leaders: 4 Ways to Connect with Your Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Sep 25, 2019

When you ask employees, they want to be able to connect with their leader—today more than ever before. Employees want to know what you have to say; they also want to know what you stand for.

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Leadership Communication

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