Leadership Skill Development - The 5 C's to Effective Communication First C
Developing leadership skills in any area of life is both challenging and rewarding. The success of reaching that level is to go through the learning process that every leader must go through in order to reach a certain level of effectiveness. Communication is the ground work that must be laid in order for a leader to share their vision with their followers. However, communication takes time to cultivate. It's important that a leader develops the skill of communication because their influence will be determined on how well the leader can communicate.
There are five C's to effective communication and once understood could shift you in a whole new direction on your leadership journey. Let's explore the first one.
Leaders Need To Be Clear
This may seem obvious, however, leaders have a tendency to only speak from their perspective on things instead of looking at it through their followers eyes. What may be clear to the leader may not be clear to the followers. You have tell your people what your going to tell them, then you have to tell them and lastly tell them what you told them. This will increase the chances of your people retaining the information instead of it going into one ear and out the other. Your followers will then understand what it is your trying to accomplish. Keep in mind that as a leader you will not always get people moving, there are always going to be lazy people following you and so you want to focus your attention on those who are moving. By clearly communicating to your people the way I mentioned earlier, those people who are ready to move will move. Remember, developing leadership skills is a challenging but very rewarding process. Keep your eyes on your vision and the road won't seem as painful.