Leadership – Communication Leaders

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Leadership

strongemBaseball is life… the rest is just details!/em/strong

strongLeadership Lessons of Baseball/strong

strongLet the coach, coach, /strongand most importantly, refrain from giving your child advice when he or she is playing.

Let’s face it, effective leadership in a small business requires understanding and knowledge about how to communicate effectively with all elements of the organization, including employees, other managers, customers and investors. Each unique group may require a completely different communication and leadership style. Business leaders have to be able to adapt their style and methods based on the specific group they are communicating with at the time. Needless to say, effective leadership communication skills are an extremely important aspect of any leader’s portfolio of both skills and experience.

strongCommunication is both verbal and nonverbal /strongwith verbal communication the most obvious form of communication. However, most business leaders don’t know and understand what research has shown, and that is people pay much less attention to the words that are said with much more attention focus on the actions and nonverbal signals and cues that go together with those words.

You should understand that nonverbal cues include body posture, facial expressions, use of hand motions and even eye movements. It’s simply your body language, leaders should always strive to carefully matchup their nonverbal signals and cues to their words. stronga href=”http://teamaltman.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Leadership-Style.jpg” target=”_blank”img class=”size-medium wp-image-20903 alignright” title=”http://dreamspectrum.com/DSD_BLOG/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Leadership-Style.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”187″ //a/strongTrust me that when you do so, you instantly become more believable and thereby more effective.

strongListening is a/strongstrongn incredibly important ability and integral aspect of communication/strong. Your active listening should remain a constant goal, and as the leader, focus on both the verbal and nonverbal language of whoever is speaking. Now, focused active listening entails concentration only on the speaker and blocking out or ignoring any outside interruptions or distractions, including your very own wandering thoughts or possible responses. As an active listener, you should also avoid needless interruptions, giving the speaker time to finish, show you are listening by simply doing things including nodding and smiling, and even reflect or paraphrase back to verify your understanding.

Remember the old saying “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it” that rings true for every highly-effective business leader that’s keenly aware of the necessity of effective communication and its impact on the results of their leadership. Possessing highly developed and valuable communication skills contribute greatly to your leadership skills because it enables one to express ideas successfully.

In addition, effective verbal and non-verbal communication makes it easier to establish credibility during message delivery. Your articulation, voice, language, fluency, listening and writing skills, as well as the use of gestures are dynamic forceful elements that serve to enhance your leadership.

strongemThis is for you if your business has a lot of “moving parts” or several levels of management. For instance, if a manager tells an employee/team member one thing, you have to be careful not to tell that employee/team member information that may be conflicting. Effective communication allows for management to simply be on the same page, and is unquestionably a winning strategy./em/strong


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