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

How to Convince Your Leader(s) There is Always Time to Communicate

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Something I often hear from leaders is, “I don’t have time to communicate.” It seems this statement comes from a perception that either there isn’t enough time to draft a plan or that more could be done in the time saved from drafting or sharing a plan. As a communicator, you likely hear this too.

If your leader believes that there’s no time to communicate, you may hear him or her say things like:

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Motivate with Feedback: Focus on the 4 Fs of Feedback (and the Future)

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Aug 26, 2020

Sharing feedback with colleagues is a critical part of working together successfully. Yet many people I talk with feel they could do a better job giving feedback, whether by being more prompt or direct, or simply by ensuring a conversation happens. Giving feedback can feel uncomfortable, maybe even more so when it has to be delivered virtually.

Personal discomfort aside, the truth is that most of us could be significantly more effective at work with regular input on what we’re doing well and what could be better. Timely, frequent and specific feedback helps everyone improve. We can better recognize blind spots, know what to keep doing and when to change course, and benefit from building relationships with those who give us the gift of their advice.

So how can we give feedback that gets results?

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Feedback/Trust

Lead With Connection: How to Build Relationships That Help Drive Results

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Leadership is personal, and in focusing on business goals, leaders can detach themselves from the human element in the workplace. Yet building trust and making a personal connection are key to motivating and engaging employees, which in turn are essential to delivering business results.

A recent study published in Harvard Business Review found three elements necessary for leaders to build trust among employees: positive relationships, good judgment/expertise, and consistency. Positive relationships ranked most important.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Feedback/Trust

Who’s the Better Communicator? Introverts or Extroverts?

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jul 27, 2020

The answer here might surprise you.

Both can be effective communicators, if they understand the implications of their preference, and flex their style. The variables to consider are about the quality and quantity of communications.

How to Be a More Effective Introvert

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

9 Ways to Have Even More Calm, Courageous Conversations

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Over the last several months, we’ve all faced discomfort in new ways – from navigating the unknowns of the pandemic and making (and communicating) difficult business decisions, to facing unconscious bias and having important conversations about race – there’s no doubt we’ve gotten out of our comfort zones in new ways. If you’re like me, I’m committed to taking these lessons forward and pushing myself to embrace discomfort even more. If you were to commit to some additional chutzpah in your communications, where might you focus your energies?

Here are 9 ways to build more courageous conversations:

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

11 Quotes to Inspire You to Communicate with Compassion in The Workplace

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jul 08, 2020

It’s no secret that employees look for – and want – more meaningful communication and interactions with their colleagues, teams and leaders, especially given the recent events. Research shows that better communication leads to higher engagement, which is linked to increased employee motivation, productivity, sales, and – on the flip side – less absenteeism, turnover and injuries in the workplace.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

Leading Through Influence: 6 Lessons Learned from Leadership Development Classes – Guest Blogger Janet Knupp

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jul 01, 2020

How do development programs, such as the skills of influence, significantly impact participants and business long term, for the benefit of attendees and their organizations? Changed human behavior is hard to measure but people recognize when their own changes have positive results. Many participants, who went on to be senior leaders, have shared the lessons they learned, from courses I had the opportunity to facilitate earlier in their careers. Not only did they value their own personal results, but as leaders, the new approaches they used cascaded down through their organizations for better culture and business results.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Guest Bloggers, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

6 Steps to Be More Empathetic

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jun 24, 2020

In today’s world, we’re faced with a number of new challenges both in the workplace and at home – whether it’s our new working arrangements, impacts from COVID-19, looking inward as we shine a spotlight on societal issues, or something else – and our people need empathy.

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Leadership Communication, COVID-19 Communications

CEOs Leading with Conviction

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jun 03, 2020

After months of managing through an unprecedented crisis, our communities and companies were rocked by another tragic, but this time, all too familiar event. After the senseless and unnecessary killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, was caught on video, the U.S. is caught in a familiar cycle of grief, anger and protest that is affecting the black community and everyone who cares about justice.

However, as we’ve seen throughout the crisis, leaders are stepping up to show their convictions and their values both to their employees and to their stakeholders. We’re seeing a variety of ways that CEOs and other company leaders are speaking out. While they’re choosing different paths and points of emphasis, we’re finding their statements to be authentic, bold, informative and illuminating. Best of all, we’re seeing them take a personal and unequivocal stand—which builds credibility and encourages action.

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Tags: Leadership Communication

Leaders: Don’t Ignore It – Check in with Your People Today About the Ongoing Civil Unrest

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jun 01, 2020

There’s no doubt we’re facing some of the biggest challenges of our time, as a nation, as people and as leaders.

As we all try to make sense of the unrest sweeping the nation, many employees started work this morning with yet another emotionally-charged, hugely complex topic on their minds, on top of the challenges many already face with the pandemic.

As I reflected on this post, talking about this crisis is one of the most difficult conversations for people in this country to have right now. As a white male, I feel ill-equipped in many ways; that said, I want to try and be part of the solution. As I considered this from the perspective of leaders and how they can help their people navigate these tumultuous times, I wanted to offer a few thoughts that I hope will help. 

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Leadership Communication

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