by Stephanie Bickel
Every day, others around you are evaluating your leadership potential by your behaviors, actions, and the way you communicate. Some behaviors and actions are associated with a more senior executive presence. Credible and confident leaders stand upright with their shoulders back. They project their voice, speak slowly, and use an empathic tone. They share information in a structured, organized way, starting with the main idea first. Strong leaders also communicate with empathy and empower their teams. They are role models for others and make the tough decisions when no one else can. These are all forms of communication for leadership success that matter to your team now and your own leadership potential in the future. When these leadership communication skills are done consistently, they can help increase your followership over time.
What type of leadership communication best practices do you want to begin to develop? To understand the changes you need to make now, look into the future.
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
1. What kind of leader do you want to be?
2. In 10 years, how would you describe yourself?
3. In 5 years, how will you spend your time differently?
Look deep inside and start with a self-reflection on your own vision and beliefs. These questions will help you answer why you exist and where you want to go.
1. What are your core values?
2. What can you do to better express your vision?
3. Are you really leading at your potential?
4. What are you going to do to get there?
5. How can I truly stand out and embrace visibility?
Being blunt and honest with yourself is the foundation you will need to take your leadership communication skills to the next level. Use your self-assessment and put a plan in place to work on them every single day. Right now, what can you do to inspire your team through leadership and communication skills?
1. Are you asking thoughtful questions that help your team solve problems?
2. Are you empowering others to share solutions?
3. Do you lift up your teams by praising others and giving recognition?
4. Are you positive and encouraging in the midst of challenge?
5. Do you empathize with each person’s unique situations?
6. Are you making the tough decisions when no one else can?
When you work on mastering leadership and communication skills, you accelerate your career. This is why some careers are a struggle, and some thrive. Your leadership is thriving when others want to work with you because you bring out the best in them.
Communication for leadership success does matter. It matters to the performance of your team now and it matters to the future leader you want to become.
What legacy do you want to leave?
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