Great leaders with effective communication are able to clearly convey their ideas, expectations, and goals. This helps them build trust and foster collaboration. Effective communication is crucial for effective leadership, and a leader who can’t communicate clearly cannot lead effectively.
Here are four things that great leaders do to improve their communication skills:
They listen actively: Great leaders don’t just hear what others are saying, they actively listen and engage with the conversation. This means paying attention to nonverbal cues, asking clarifying questions, and making an effort to understand others’ perspectives.
They are clear and concise: Great leaders are able to communicate their thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely. They know how to get to the point without beating around the bush or confusing their audience.
They are open and transparent: Great leaders are open and transparent in their communication. They are willing to share information, be vulnerable, and admit when they don’t know something. This helps to build trust and create a more collaborative work environment.
They adapt their communication style: Great leaders recognize that different people respond to different communication styles. They are able to adapt their style to the needs and preferences of their audience, whether that means using more visual aids in a presentation or having a more casual conversation one-on-one.
When leaders practice these habits they not only improve their communication skills and they are better at connecting with others.
Lead From Within: Without effective communication, it’s difficult for leaders to inspire, empower and lead change effectively.
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The Leadership Gap
What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.