Over the years, I’ve had some leaders that communicated effectively and others that communicated very poorly. The effective communicators were very easy to work with because they kept an open communication. The ineffective communicators, however, were very difficult to work with because they had unclear expectations, did not effectively share their thoughts, and constantly had breakdowns in communication.
So what does it take to be an effective communicator? What are some strategies you can use to effectively communicate with those you lead? You can do the four actions outlined below to effectively communicate with others.
Lead By Example
As a leader, you set the example for others to follow. This is very important when it comes to communication. You can set the example of good communication by regularly talking to those you lead.
Talk to them about work related topics in an open and transparent way so they know you are being honest with them. Also, do your best to listen when you communicate with others. To confirm that you are listening, repeat back what they are telling you in your own words and with empathy. For example, you can say, “If I am hearing you right, you are experiencing difficulties with… I can totally understand where you are coming from.” [Read more…] about Four Keys To Communicate Effectively