10 Awesome Communication Tips from Great Leaders

Great leaders are also great communicators. And when we say communicators, we don’t mean “talkers”. Instead, it pertains to that point when interactions with others are consistently following these ten basic principles below. After all, communicating well is not about the messenger but what the message can do for the receiver of the message. In short, it’s still about the audience and not the speaker.

1. Speak not with a forked tongue: In most cases, people just won’t open up those they don’t trust. When people have a sense a leader is worthy of their trust they will invest time and take risks in ways they would not if their leader had a reputation built upon poor character or lack of integrity.

2. Get personal: There is great truth in the axiom that states: “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” If you don’t develop meaningful relationships with people you’ll never know what’s really on their mind until it’s too late to do anything about it.

3. Get specific: Specificity is better than Ambiguity 11 times out of 10: Learn to communicate with clarity. Simple and concise is always better than complicated and confusing.

4. Focus on the leave-behinds not the take-aways: The best communicators are not only skilled at learning and gathering information while communicating, they are also adept at transferring ideas, aligning expectations, inspiring action, and spreading their vision.

5. Have an open mind: A leader takes their game to a whole new level the minute they willingly seek out those who hold dissenting opinions and opposing positions with the goal not of convincing them to change their minds, but with the goal of understanding what’s on their mind.

6. Shut-up and listen: Great leaders know when to dial it up, dial it down, and dial it off (mostly down and off).

7. Replace ego with empathy: Empathetic communicators display a level of authenticity and transparency that is not present with those who choose to communicate behind the carefully crafted facade propped-up by a very fragile ego.

8. Read between the lines:  Keep your eyes & ears open and your mouth shut and you’ll be amazed at how your level or organizational awareness is raised.

9. When you speak, know what you’re talking about: Develop a technical command over your subject matter. If you don’t possess subject matter expertise, few people will give you the time of day.

10. Speak to groups as individuals: Great communicators can tailor a message such that they can speak to 10 people in a conference room or 10,000 people in an auditorium and have them feel as if they were speaking directly to each one of them as an individual.

For more insight plus a bonus tip, please head to:

10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders

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