I am currently enjoying a family vacation in Florida. This post was a top performer on my LinkedIn author page during 2015 so it is worth sharing here as well.
I take a deliberate approach to leadership. I’m known as someone who gets things done right, sticks to the facts and isn’t swayed by emotional arguments, likes to establish structure and processes, isn’t afraid to question illogical ideas, enjoys working alone, relentlessly works to solve problems, and knows how to find and present evidence for my arguments. Perhaps you can relate to this style of leadership which, at its core, is all about executing ideas.
Deliberate leaders communicate with clarity, even though their delivery might not be as inspiring or exciting as some persons would like. For those leaders who see themselves as great communicators because they are social and outgoing, deliberate leaders have some lessons to teach. Just because you can easily meet new people, carry on a conversation, and welcome ideas doesn’t make you an effective communicator.
The pace of business today tends to require flexibility and responsive change and that necessitates more clarity in a leader’s approach to communication. You can’t assume everyone is on board or even aware of what you are thinking. A deliberate approach to communicating with clarity can be the difference between success and failure.
Here are three steps to communicating with clarity:
- Acknowledge that many of your team members need more details, even when you may not have all the specifics. This recognition will encourage you to share background data rather than only highlighting the big picture.
- Organize your thoughts around a key idea and find multiple ways to illustrate it. Being more structured makes it easier for others to understand what is happening and how they can help.
- Slow down so your excitement and vision doesn’t outpace the group. You may need to segment or simplify your message so everyone has a chance to digest what you are saying. This will also allow those who need time to process information the chance to formulate specific questions that can be addressed at a future date.
When leaders provide details, focus on a key idea, and allow time for processing it’s more likely that their message will be clear and understood. It’s no wonder deliberate leaders have a well-deserved reputation for great execution!