Effective communication is more of an art than a science. Leaders that master the art of effective communication connect with people on a personal and professional level. They break down barriers and strengthen relationships that can be beneficial far into the future.
In writing this post, I did a Google search on the most common reasons for divorce. The factors that lead to divorce were summed up on lawyers.com as:
- Financial Difficulty
What I found extremely interesting was that a breakdown of communication contributed to each of the above listed factors. Infidelity often results when one partner does not adequately communicate their needs to their partner, but instead confides in someone else. Financial difficulty that leads to divorce usually occurs when one partner spends money without communicating it to the other partner. Depression and addictions are caused by many factors, but communication (which includes speaking AND listening) helps couples to work through their challenges. Stress can be alleviated through effective communication. Business relationship can break down just as easily with the lack of effective communication.
So what are the benefits of effective communication? Effective communication creates connections, overcomes barriers, and builds strong teams.
Effective Communication Creates Connections
As a leader, effective communication creates connections with all those with which you come in contact. These connections are made as you take time to learn about others. Have you ever had a leader that asked you about your life, family, career goals, and other aspirations? That leader probably communicated with you in such a way that you felt valued. It probably helped you recognize your worth and value as a team player. Their communications with you probably gave you a special connection with them that will go on into the future. [Read more…] about The Value Of Effective Communication