While putting others’ needs before your own or creating a culture of accountability are key for becoming a powerful leader, your vision and goals won’t translate to reality if you aren’t able to communicate them effectively.
In fact, Sam Walker the author of The Captain Class stated in a recent interview with me on the Follow My Lead Podcast, “The best leaders are always communicating, almost to the point where it’s tiring. All of the captains of the greatest sports team’s of all time were extremely effective communicators even though they weren’t always eloquent.”
Powerful communication will allow you to better connect with those you lead and inspire them to produce their best work. Here are four ways you can improve your workplace communication practices.
You should never underestimate the value of one-on-one meetings with your employees. Regularly scheduling these meetings will strengthen the relationship between you and your team by giving you an opportunity to provide personalized feedback, check in on current projects and share pertinent information.
These meetings are so valuable that I try and carve out one-on-one time with each member of my team every week. It almost never fails, the weeks I make time to give them my full undivided attention, they perform better that week. Since most of these meetings happen unscheduled instead of scheduled, there will certainly be weeks where they don’t happen. They key is to never go more than a couple weeks without making it a priority.