It’s impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator.
When you are talking to employees, effective communication is the key.
But what does this indeed mean? How does one effectively communicate?
Here are the top five tips to help you improve your communication so that everyone is informed.
Top 5 Effective Communication Tips for Leaders
Communication is about listening more than talking. The best communicators are great listeners and astute in their observations.
To be effective at communication, you must listen to what is being said verbally and through body language.
Focus on what the person is genuinely saying rather than what you think they will say.
Try to reiterate it in your own words to make sure you heard them. Listen for emotions behind their communication; then ask more questions about that topic.
Feel free to say, “You sound like you feel strongly about this. Tell me more.”
2. Delegate effectively.
When giving directions, make sure you cover the who, what, when, where, why, and how. These are critical to ensuring your orders are understood and that you provide all the necessary steps.
Let employees know their part of the project is vital and part of a larger project (if it is). That way, they know that their deadlines mean something.
3. Read between the lines.
Great communicators watch for non-verbal signs and what is left unsaid. Astute leaders know that there is far more to be gained by surrendering the floor than by filibustering.
Being the leader doesn’t mean you need to do all the talking. Getting insights from your employees and coworkers is instrumental in effective communication.
We are often taught to talk more effectively. Still, in reality, we need to listen and watch more effectively to ensure everyone is on the same page.
4. Know Your subject matter.
When you do speak, make sure you have all the necessary information at hand. Be the expert. Otherwise, you will lose your audience quickly.
The “fake it till you make it” standard is gone.
Today, people want accurate and genuine information and can spot a fake quickly.
5. Show empathy.
When you genuinely know your audience, they will listen more closely. Show compassion so that they know you can relate to them.
Show that you care about your audience, and they will listen and follow your lead.
Finally, practice transparency and authenticity when communicating with your team members to build trust.
No matter where you are in your leadership journey, these steps will help you to become a more effective communicator.
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