Communicate Relentlessly and Listen Deeply
Communicate Relentlessly and Listen Deeply So You Can Stay Connected with Your Team
Welcome to the very first episode of Communicate to Lead.
I bet you know a few leaders who inspire you and who you look to for leadership guidance. I definitely do!
When the pandemic hit us last year, there were some great examples of great leaders and those who weren’t ready to lead.
I’ve always been passionate about leadership and what makes a truly great leader. I’m talking about those leaders who know when to listen and when to speak, who know their strengths and weaknesses, and never hesitate to communicate that to the people they’re leading. I’ve also been inspired by leaders who don’t necessarily have the title, but they’re still leading. Their communication is clear, concise, and compelling enough to inspire others to take action.
Great leaders possess a clear vision and focus. And they know how to communicate that vision, so others buy into it.
When you communicate clearly and effectively, your team knows what to expect of you and what they need to do.
Two aspects are important when communicating with your team, and it’s even more important when your team is working remotely:
● Communicate tirelessly and listen deeply
Communicating tirelessly means not waiting for big moments or big news before you communicate with your team.
Communicate often and quickly, even if it simply means reaching out to your
people and finding out how you can best support them.
Keep your message specific and brief by speaking in headlines and sharing ONE
big idea with your audience.
Choose various communication channels that will work for you and your team.
Listen deeply to what your team shares with you.
Effective communication is a two-way street. Part of communicating tirelessly
also means listening to what your team has to say.
Invite your team to speak, but don’t force or make anyone feel obligated to share
their thoughts or opinions.
Ask questions to engage your audience in a conversation.
Create a safe environment for people to share their thoughts or concerns without being judged or criticized.
Whether you choose to communicate more often or listen more deeply (or perhaps you decide to do both!) I hope you found the tips in today’s episode helpful.
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