Do you want to know one quality that makes someone seem like a better leader? It’s simple. Being a great communicator makes you a better leader for numerous reasons. Here are just a few of them — and how to improve.
When a person is a good communicator, they can connect with different groups of people. Whether you are addressing a high executive or a down-to-earth blue-collar worker, a good communicator can get their message across with ease and comfortability. Why did so many people fall in love with President Barack Obama? He was a man of the people, who was relatable to people of different socio-economic backgrounds. You can never underestimate the power of relating with others.
In the workplace, it is important to have people who can deescalate situations. Whether a problem arises among co-workers or you are dealing with a disgruntled customer, clear and effective communication will make a sticky situation significantly better immediately. Mastering the art of communication will help you discover what other people want and need in a situation in an efficient manner.
Who is your favorite motivational speaker? Is this person a good communicator? Of course, they are. Good communicators have a much easier time motivating and inspiring those around them. Leaders are people who take charge and motivate those around them to do what they do best. These leaders can communicate the what, why and how of doing what it takes to succeed.
A big part of personal and professional success comes down to building relationships. Great leaders use the art of communication to build relationships with people around them. They understand the importance of building a supportive network to rely on. People need others at every stage of their personal and professional life. A good leader knows this and acts with intention and strategy to ensure they have the support they need to successfully move forward.
So, what does it take to become a good communicator? There are 4 simple steps to follow when speaking with others that will instantly boost your communication chops.
When you want to share a message with others, you must meet them where they are. You need to understand how to reach them and speak directly to them. The language you use, the tone of your voice and the content all matter.
People can tell when someone is being fake or inauthentic. Good communicators are authentic to themselves and the message they are sharing. They focus on the message and why they are sharing it, instead of trying to sound a certain way or behave in a way deemed “acceptable.” You are yourself and you should embrace it unapologetically.
Good communication has purpose. Why do most work meetings drive people crazy? Because they usually involve purposeless conversations that could have been incorporated in an informative email. When you are communicating with others and your message has a purpose for you and your recipient, this is a victory.
Good communicators are people who enjoy speaking with others. It is obvious when people enjoy giving presentations or delivering a public speech. Being uncomfortable permeates through your message and all parties involved leave the situation unfulfilled. If you instead have fun with the process of getting your message across, your message will land well and leave the lasting impression you want.
Natasha Nurse is a speaker, coach, podcaster, and content creator. She started Dressing Room 8 to provide a web-based resource where women can gain personal and professional empowerment through her fashion and lifestyle focused blog. Dressing Room 8 helps women learn how to think with clarity, dress with confidence, and live with purpose. She is the Lifestyle Editor for Plus Model Magazine and she co-hosts a podcast with her husband called WokeNFree. Follow Natasha on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Don’t forget to join her Dressing Room 8 and WokeNFree groups on FGB.
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