Do You Need Better Leadership Communication?
Better leadership communication leads to higher morale and increased performance. In “The Cost of Poor Communications,” David Grossman reports that inadequate communication can cost companies between $420,000 and $64.2 million per year depending upon their size. But leadership communication impacts more than just the bottom line.
Communication can make or break a leader’s ability to lead teams, create strategic alignment, motivate employees, navigate organizational change, and serve customers. Leaders must be able to influence, inform, and build relationships with various internal and external stakeholders with different needs and styles. Better leadership communication takes clarity, purpose, and intention based upon what matters most to each audience.
Poor leadership communication creates confusion, conflict, and frustration.
5 Attributes of Better Leadership Communication
We know from leadership simulation assessment data that better leadership communication requires including only relevant thoughts, organizing messages around key points, and not overwhelming audiences with data. It also requires energy, excitement, passion, impactful language, and meaningful stories. We also know from new manager training that new leaders struggle mightily with clear, timely, and relevant communications.
If you want to improve your communication as a leader so that you connect more effectively with those around you, here is what your audience is looking for from you:
The Bottom Line
Great leaders are almost always great communicators. They are able to share information that people need to get their jobs done. They are also able to inspire others to act — especially when the stakes are high. Do your action learning leadership development programs improve communication?
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