A leader has to communicate to his/her team in a professional, confident and diplomatic manner on a continuous stream. Even during difficult times we have to face reality by being candid and telling it like it is. It seems like far too many leaders today don’t know how to talk straight anymore. Instead, they spend most of their time trying to convince us that things are not really as bad as they seem. It could be denial or it could come down to being dishonest, but if our leader(s) can’t or won’t clearly communicate what the vision is, it can start to drive you crazy after a while.
Communication has to start with telling the truth, even when it’s painful. A leader can’t be like the boy who didn’t cry wolf when the wolf was at the door. Sooner or later after a prolonged period of time of being told that all is well, even as the economy worsens and more jobs are lost, we stop listening to the bozo’s that say all is well.
Communication is the foundation in which we build from. A lack of communication; dishonest or sugar-coated communication with details conveniently left out creates cracks in that foundation, and cracks create weakness. Our empires must be strong and cannot afford any cracks in the foundation.
Clear, concise, straightforward communication is exactly what every organization needs. I have learned that people will often read something else into what is stated, form their own opinion, change the meaning of what was stated, and completely miss the boat on the message. In many cases the communicator may have missed a word, did not clarify a position, or simply failed to paint a clear picture. When this happens…(notice I said “when” not “if”) make certain to restate and clarify and clear up any unclear thoughts or ideas.
Good leaders will show a balance of professionalism, kindness, confidence, stability, passion, caring, sincerity, candor, accountability and vision in their communication.
Good leaders will show a balance of professionalism, kindness, confidence,
stability, passion, caring, sincerity, candor, accountability and vision in their communication.