Importance of Communication in Leadership
Leaders play many roles in the management of teams. Leadership is not one single quality but a continuous practice of several traits which are present in an able leader. The success of any team is determined by various abilities of the leader. One of the most important trait required in a leader is the ability to Communicate clearly and effectively.
Great leaders have mastered the art listening and this is what seperates them from the others. They do ask questions and listen. They effectively use the power of silence.
Some useful communication tips for effective leadership
Spell out every responsibiltiy with utmost clarity and precision
Do not leave room for misunderstanding
Check understanding with your team members to ascertain that your instructions are understood clearly
Constantly communicate the plans as a coach
Have plans for individual activities and also for the end objective, the bigger picture
Your plans should focus on development of the entire team in the defined duration
Keep probing and asking questions to reach to the “core” of the problem and dont assume
Your ability to communicate effectively will help you articulate your vision and have people act on the vision
Keep your superiors informed, never expose them to surprises
Be objective while listening to feedback, do not be defensive
Respect the opinions of your team members. This gives you more respect and helps your team grow
Follow up verbal communication with written communication to avoid any misunderstanding
Smile. Smile overcomes all communication barriers.
The sense of ownership cannot be bought, it can be earned through “effective listening”
Steps of effective listening
Stop Talking – We cannot listen if we talk
Concentrate – You may miss something important if you are switched off
Acknowledge and Empathise
Ask Questions, Check understanding
Take notes if required
Listen between the lines – people may not spell out everything clearly
Most successful leaders are excellent at their communication skills. Are you one?
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