Leadership Tips: The Importance of Communication

Communication is not just a core leadership skill but also a core ingredient to your success.  Communication includes speaking, writing and listening.  As a leader, you need to master all three.

Speaking

How many times each day do you speak.  Probably quite a few.  As a leader you need to get your message across as clearly as you can.  No matter whether it is a vision, one to one meeting or a presentation of results on performance you need to get your message across.

Writing

Emails, reports, letters to suppliers and customers, presentations, web content are just a few of the types of writing that you need to undertake.  All successful writing relies on you being clear on the purpose and thinking about how to structure it in the best way to make it as easy as possible to understand.

Listening

Listening is probably the most challenging of all the communication skills most likely because most of us are never taught to listen.  When we listen we get ideas, insights, suggestions, understanding and the chance to create even more success. 

You probably know that communication is key to your success.  So what would have the greatest impact when it came to you developing your communication effectiveness as a leader?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

In summary since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 5,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them achieve career success and become better leaders and presenters. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. Articles I’ve written and posted on EzineArticles have had over 800,000 views. A Udemy course on Presentation Skills has had over 10,000 enrolments. I'm the author of 3 Kindle Books I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator

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John Agno says 15 December 2008

A manager’s interaction with his or her employees delivers the resources, guidance, and recognition they need to succeed. Communication clicks when it is frequent and in a language that everyone understands.

Narcissistic leaders rarely talk with employees about how their work is going. They are just too busy and time doesn’t allow for such conversations. Since there is only one of him or her to go around, the leader fears getting bogged down by locked into a discussion with employees takes the leader away from all the ‘important’ phone calls and emails he or she has to respond to. The narcissistic leader thinks there are not enough hours in the day to stay connected with the managers and workers in the organization.

And there lies their leadership blind spot. They get distracted by the laundry list of stuff they think they have to do each day, when their top priority should be communicating with their team. Not staying in touch with everyone to monitor their progress and letting them know the leader is watching their back, allows tough problems to grow and fester.

If your manager doesn’t listen to your ideas, then who will?

One way to probe the clueless leader’s self-awareness, is to give him or her a gift that allows this important message to surface: if you aren’t staying in touch, you aren’t doing your job. This book can help to do just that:
Travis Bradberry: Squawk!: How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results

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Christoph Seidl says 3 January 2011

Great post, also in my opinion, communication is the crucial factur when it comes to change leadership.

Regards,
Christoph

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