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

Communication is the Responsibility of Leadership

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, May 05, 2021

Communication isn't someone else's responsibility, it's yours. As the leader, the buck stops with you. Embrace communication as an important part of your job and understand that poor communication in the company overall is ultimately on you.

Be Accountable for Communication with Your Employees

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Communicating Your Strategic Plan to Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, May 03, 2021

You spend hours as a management team working tirelessly on your organization’s strategic plan. Data points are reviewed, the future is envisioned, and words are carefully chosen to describe where you go from here.

You leave your two-day meeting confident in your strategic plan and energized about your path forward.

But what do you really have? A document summarizing your management meeting.

It might contain your strategic plan, but it’s just another document until it is shared and activated through your employees.

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Information vs. Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 28, 2021

Employee to manager: “I’m starving!” Some food for thought on the difference between information and communication: employees are bombarded with information but starved for meaning. 

Communication only occurs when an exchange results in shared meaning. Communication is all about facilitating dialogue. To build a successful team, you need to create a culture where it’s safe to dialogue about issues to ensure the smartest decisions possible.

Here are 6 suggestions to consider as you build a workplace culture with more open communication:

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

6 Leadership Communication Principles That Work

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 26, 2021

I’m often asked for the most important leadership communication principles. While what’s effective will vary based on the person or situation, there are a number of tried-and-true fundamentals that make the difference between simply sharing information and communication that moves people to action (and that they feel great about). Maybe we should call this principle-centered communication.

6 Essential Leadership Communication Principles to Set You Apart as a Leader

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Open-Ended Questions Enhance Employee Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 19, 2021

As a leader, you know that engaging employees and helping connect them to your business goals can directly impact the bottom line. Your internal communication plan can include two-way communication vehicles like feedback channels and listening sessions to help accomplish this. 

An Opportunity to Increase Employee Engagement

But when it comes down to it, interactions with leaders are what make or break an employee’s connection with the organization. Every time you are in front of an employee, whether one-on-one or in a group, you have an opportunity to increase that engagement through dialogue.

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10 Most-Read Blogs on Leadership & Communication in Q1 2021

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 14, 2021

We’re a few months into 2021, a year that couldn’t come soon enough for many, and we wanted to take a look at what content has resonated most with you – our readers – so far this year. There’s a great variety of posts to help you lead and communicate. Top content from Q1 ranges from how to show your employees you care and ways to smile more, to how to differentiate communication from information and effectively plan your next communication in 5 minutes. There’s also guidance on how to create a line of sight to the strategy for your employees, building feedback channels, strategic messaging, and more.

So, in case you missed any of these, here’s the top content others found most helpful in Q1 of 2021.

10 Most-Read Leadership & Communication Blogs in Q1 2021

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Internal Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

4 Ways to Differentiate Communication from Information

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Mar 24, 2021

We’ve established that leaders are always communicating—even when they don’t realize they are. It’s fair to say that 80 to 90 percent of the average leader’s week is spent communicating. Yet, how much time are those same leaders spending on planning for those communications, and thinking about the messages that they send? That’s more like 10 percent. 

It’s a fact that leaders are used to putting time and energy into business plans, product launches, business succession plans, and more, but when it comes to planning for day-to-day communications, most fall down on the job. As I like to say, the Nike slogan, “Just Do it!” doesn’t apply here. You can wing it and take a chance on your results, or you can make a plan and significantly increase your impact.

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4 Components to Ensure Leaders Communicate, and Do It Well

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Mar 22, 2021

A senior executive once commented to me about the repetition of her messages. “I’m tired of sharing these same messages and stories,” she lamented after the umpteenth communication on a crucial topic.

My response – “I hear you. That’s progress. Since it means you’re being consistent across a myriad of audiences.”

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Stress Levels from the Pandemic Are High

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Mar 17, 2021

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the declaration of a global pandemic, we are only beginning to understand the impact of this health crisis on our lives from both a personal and professional level. While all of its consequences are complex and likely varied, anecdotally we know that the pandemic as well as the social justice and political issues that have escalated during this period have increased the levels of stress in our lives.

Stress Levels Are at an All-Time High

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Tags: Leadership Communication, COVID-19 Communications

How to Effectively Plan Your Next Communication in 5 Minutes

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Mar 08, 2021

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, most great leaders are also great communicators. 

In organizations, the best leadercommunicators bring their vision to life in a way that connects employee needs to company priorities and business goals. They not only plan how they’ll communicate, but also ensure they are delivering a strategic message that will inspire employees to positive action.   

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