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John Seckel, Philadelphia, on How to Communicate Better as a Leader

Communication is key to the success of any leader. Without it, team members will feel underappreciated and disrespected. Eventually, if one feels too undervalued, that person will leave to find a leader that will treat them better. Fortunately, this can be avoided by implementing the following tips: 1) Be Empathetic Communication relies on empathy. Without […]

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Communication is key to the success of any leader. Without it, team members will feel underappreciated and disrespected. Eventually, if one feels too undervalued, that person will leave to find a leader that will treat them better. Fortunately, this can be avoided by implementing the following tips:

1) Be Empathetic

Communication relies on empathy. Without it, words and actions can be easily misinterpreted.

People work best when their concerns are heard. If their leader empathizes with their situation and workload, people will be more motivated to deal with tight deadlines and difficult clients.

Leaders who lack empathy tend to delegate work, sit back, and wait for results. But to achieve results, leaders must be constantly involved. They need to communicate consistently with their team. And ultimately, they need to let everyone know that their concerns are understood.

By doing so, the team will feel appreciated and will work more effectively.

1) Note everyone’s skills, desires, and background

A leader with great communication skills doesn’t simply delegate tasks. Instead, this person will take the time to understand the skills, abilities, and desires of each team member.

Leaders that do this delegate tasks more effectively, ensuring duties are given to the right people with the most appropriate backgrounds and abilities. In turn, projects will be completed on time because the team involved is happier.

2) Have genuine conversations

Effective communication relies on a genuine conversation. Small talk in the cafeteria doesn’t cut it. Instead, opt to have an actual, meaningful conversation with each team member. Meet with each person one-on-one. Ask them how their projects are going. In turn, they will feel valued and respected.

Communication: The Key to Every Leader’s Success

Leadership suffers without communication. Becoming a respected leader with top-notch communication skills is possible, but it relies on empathy and the ability to learn who excels at what.

By communicating with team members, understanding their needs, and respecting their skills, any leader can achieve success.

And remember—people don’t leave jobs or projects. They tend to enjoy what they are working on when they leave. Instead, they leave leaders or managers who neglected them and didn’t communicate well. By keeping these tips in mind, any leader can become a successful communicator.

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