3 ways leaders can become effective communicators

When it comes to the attributes of a successful leader, communication is vital. Most of the leaders nowadays do not communicate or collaborate well. As per Merriam-Webster put it, communication is the exchange of information between individuals through common systems such as symbols, signs, and behavior. The key word here is, ‘exchange.’

One of the most crucial reasons why leadership communication is ineffective is because we are too dependent on e-mails, that is often misinterpreted. Human beings are better off understanding vocal communication than text-based ones.

So, what can leaders do to become more effective communicators?

  • More exchanges: A good leadership communication requires a tremendous amount of practice. The bottom line is an excellent communication leaves an impact in the minds of the listeners. In fact, it is come to notice that organizations that have frequent interactions are 3 n half times more likely to have strong leadership committee and could become the best financially performing company.

 

  • Seek mutual understanding: Seeking mutuality is also critical when it comes to effective communication. It brings about a sense of mutual purpose and understanding between the employees and leaders to achieve common goals. To arrive at a common ground, it is essential both parties care about each other’s interests and not just their own. The communication becomes ineffective the moment one person misunderstands the other’s point of view.

 

Mutuality is all about understanding each other’s psychological state. The more people empathize, the more room for mutual growth and impact.

 

  • Intentional communication: The moment leadership communication involves intention; the message penetrates both sides of a listener’s brain. How does the brain work when it registers a message? The words are stored in left temporal lobe while the vocal dynamics store in the right side of the brain. This part of the brain associates more with music and images. So, words alone would not suffice.

 

If there is no vocal intention, the purpose of the words is lost and leaves the audience confused. When people communicate, they want a result of the message they convey.

What should an effective leader do to motivate a team?

  • They must facilitate change
  • Define a culture or overcome adversity
  • They must, of course, be great communicators
  • Should create a vision that others can follow
  • The words should have a strong motive, and the objectives should be clearly defined
  • The message should be appealing to the emotions and aspirations of the employees

Leadership is a performance. And this is nowhere truer than in public speaking.

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