In the previous article, we talked about the important traits to have if you are aiming to take on a leadership role in an organization. These qualities are invaluable, whether you are assuming the role of leader in a social movement or filling a managerial position in a company.
Aside from the qualities we discussed, a good leader must also have a set of skills for the job, with good communication skills being at the top of that list. Effective communication is crucial in a leadership position and there are several things you can do to improve yours.
Start with Self-Awareness
All communication begins with knowing yourself. The more you know about who you are, the thoughts you have, the ideas you are trying to convey, and the responses you expect in return, the better you will be at communicating those ideas in the simplest way.
“It all starts with self-awareness,” according to Rep. Matt Manweller. As a representative and a professor, Rep. Manweller knows very well how important it is to stay structured and grounded when communicating with others.
Self-awareness allows you to fully understand what you want to communicate even before you begin communicating. You can avoid unnecessary mistakes and get the message across in a more effective way. More importantly, you can avoid letting your emotions affect how you communicate.
Understand the Audience
Now that you know yourself, it is time to take the audience into account. Knowing who your listeners are is the first step towards crafting the perfect way to communicate with them. Rather than using the same method to communicate with everyone, great leaders take their audience into account before choosing the best course of action.
In a managerial position, for instance, you will come across people who appreciate discussions more than one-way commands. There are also those who can understand the message better when the logic behind it is clear. Others prefer you to communicate with them in a certain way.
Getting to know the audience and adapting to their needs may seem like a big challenge to overcome, but it is something that comes naturally once you get the hang of it. More importantly, this is a skill – not a talent – and you can make the effort to master it.
Be Precise and Concise
Most organizations are fast-paced environments, so there is really no time for long speeches with only a few points. Rather than going with long explanations, try simpler ones to get your message across more effectively.
If you cannot explain something in a simple way, you don’t understand it well enough. When you do understand the message well, it is always easy to communicate it in a direct, easy-to-understand, and concise way.
This too is something you can pick up as a skill. The more you learn about staying precise and concise with your communications, the better you will be at providing instructions that are just as easy to follow.
Master effective communications and you are one step closer to becoming the best leader that you can be. When you know how to communicate well, keeping the organization running smoothly becomes easier than ever.