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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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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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