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4 Leadership Tips for Outstanding Communication

4 Leadership Tips for Outstanding Communication

As the leader of your team, you work hard to guide and motivate your employees.  You understand that the quality of your guidance is in direct correlation to you employees’ productivity, perspectives and output.

Still, the art of successful communication does not come easy.  It takes tact, effort and consideration in the form of thoughtful leadership.  Read on to discover the 4 communication tips that will benefit your workplace while increasing employee’s understanding, compliance and overall appreciation.

Tailor Your Tone

Be prepared to tailor your tone based on your unique audience.  Keep in mind that different employees will respond better to some communication tactics over others.

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Whether you’re implementing a casual chat or heading up a formal meeting, take some time to think about the different personalities, skills and preferences at hand, then tailor your tone (and delivery!) accordingly.

Trust and Motivation: The Perks of Being Human

Throughout your daily leadership practices keep in mind that your communication efforts will be well served by earning quality trust from your employees.  Just think about how much more responsive people will be to what you have to say if they already trust and respect you.

Keep in mind that there is no fast-track to trust available, over time fair-decision making, support, and guidance will win you trust.  Haven’t been acting this way?  The better-late-than-never rule applies here (and depending on how dramatic the shift, may need to be paired with an apology and a public announcement of your re-awoken approach to leadership.)

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Also, if you want to reach someone and more important – motivate them to act, then you’re going to need to tug at their heartstrings.  How can you learn the right strings to pull?  Get personal.

Take time to foster quality relationships with the people behind their professional images.  Understating your employees’ home life, hobbies and interests will allow you to communicate with them on a personal level that they “get.”   Also, communication is a two-way street; if you want people to care about what you have to say then you need to return the favor and get interested in their stories, ideas, questions and concerns.

Remain Proactive and Responsible

In many cases a leader is defined by their team’s darkest hour.  The way in which you react (or don’t react) will provide real insight into the quality of your leadership.  Leaders who take the blame for their collective team’s faults truly walk the walk.

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Similarly, those that recover after a failure by meeting privately with their team to discuss a positive, proactive plan for next time, foster feelings of trust, loyalty and dependability.

Employees take notice of a leader who is willing to take the fall.  Protective and action-oriented efforts like these will open a team’s eyes and ears, improving your ability to effectively communicate between one another.

Try Out Transparency

Transparency is more than just being upfront and honest about what’s on your mind.  It also factors in the idea that leaders will willingly divulge information, plans and motivations without ever being asked to do so.  The trust that is organically grown through a transparent leadership approach will aid in your efforts to communicate effectively; however, the benefits do not stop there.

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Staying transparent with your team will leave little room for confusion and the hostility that can come about when misconceptions are added into the mix.  With this being said, approach a transparent method of communication with cautious care.  In order to prove effective, it will require a willingness among everyone to engage respectful, constructive conversations.
What leadership tips can you share for outstanding communication?

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5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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