Leaders come in many different shades, shapes and sizes. One of the greatest assets and strengths of a good leader is effective communication. Leaders have to direct, motivate and inspire teammates daily to work smart and achieve targets as well as organizational goals. While there is no one-set method of communicating, there are a number of habits that good leaders practice to strengthen their communication. The following are a few habits of effective communicators:
Communication is not just about output and exchanging words. A huge part of communication depends upon one’s comprehension and receptivity to the input of information. Thus, it’s just as important to pay attention to the dialogue. Instead of trying to get the first word in, good leaders wait and process what others are saying. Effective listening requires thoughtfulness, another trait good leaders have.
Good leaders are objective in their views and address disputes without being biased or prejudiced. To maintain objectivity, good leaders should consider everyone’s perspectives and acknowledge their ideas.
Patience is a virtue. It’s also a necessary communication habit of good leaders. Some people are so focused on getting their point across that they aren’t paying attention to others while they talk. Patience is essential for communication. Leaders must also understand that not everyone is capable of expressing their ideas articulately. Thus, they must be patient with their team and assist them in relaying whatever views they are trying to convey.
Good leaders ask questions. This demonstrates engagement, which encourages open, in-depth dialogue. It’s also about knowing which questions to ask. Good leaders are able to discern and lead with the right questions to get clear and concise answers.
Nothing is more powerful than authenticity and authentic communication. This means allowing people to learn who you are and what you stand for, giving others permission to do the same. Authentic leaders who can communicate with candor and humility can leave a lasting impact in the workplace and inspire future generations of leaders.
Conjointly with authentic communication is honesty. In order for there to be honesty, leaders shouldn’t be vague or shirk, especially when delivering harsh news or having those difficult conversations such as letting go an employee, demoting and handling disputes, etc.
Language of Appreciation
Communication is not always verbal. Many times, communication is done through one’s body language and overall cadence. Handshakes or a light touch on the shoulder will help your appreciation shine through and build trust. It’s also good to simply express one’s gratitude directly to each employee and colleague. Other languages of appreciation include gifts, acts of service, spending quality time and words of public recognition, etc.
This article was originally posted on Tim Noonan’s blog.