Five Communication Secrets of Great Leaders
It is impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator. It is the ability to develop a keen external awareness that separates the truly great communicators from those who muddle through their interactions with others. If you examine the world’s greatest leaders, you’ll find them all to be exceptional communicators. They might talk about their ideas, but they do so in a way which also speaks to your emotions and your aspirations. They realize if their message doesn’t take deep root with the audience then it likely won’t be understood, much less championed. The following are several communication secrets that all great leaders share:
- Get Personal – Stop issuing corporate communications and begin having organizational conversations – think dialog not monologue.
- Get Specific – Learn to communicate with clarity. Simple and concise is always better than complicated and confusing.
- Shut-Up and Listen – Simply broadcasting your message will not have the same result as engaging in meaningful conversation.
- Read Between the Lines – Great leaders have the uncanny ability to understand what is not said, witnessed, or heard. If you keep your eyes & ears open and your mouth shut, you’ll be amazed at how your level or organizational awareness is raised.
- Speak to Groups as Individuals – Great communicators can tailor a message such that each and every person feels as if they were speaking directly to them. Knowing how to work a room and establish credibility, trust, and rapport are keys to successful interactions.