Seven communication tips an effective leader must have
If persuasion is what you want, the email, voice mail, telephone and telefax are “poor” channels. If you want to put your workers on the vision trip, look into their eyes and tell them your mission.
Small things have great effects. For example, communication is something every Dick and Harry do. Yet, it carries such a great deterministic power that the success or failure of any union depends on its proper use! Bad or no communication trips collective balance and unleashes disintegration. For example, communication failure among European powers was essentially responsible for the outbreak of World War I, some historians say. And in an organisation, it’s easy to see how a communication failure can wreck things up. It taxies the organisation along the path of division for a sorry flight to workers’ disloyalty, apathy and aloofness. The organisation’s fibres wouldn’t cohere; and the lack of cohesion would hinder motivation for progress. Workers would work for the pay; but they would be unwilling to go the extra-mile to achieve anything extraordinary for the organisation. The vision trip then would have on board a bunch of grumbling, petty, uncommitted men. Men ever ready to jump ship at the least rolling of billows!
Conversely, good communication ensures corporate homeostasis and helps move things up. It gives rise to a bond of peace, a pervasive sense of fraternity, unity and mutualism. The effect of all this is internal cohesion; which helps inject workers with motivation for progress. This makes the vision trip a jolly ride of one happy throng. The end is all-round growth for the organisation. Leadership communication is, therefore, passing a message to an audience by any appropriate means such that the audience understands the message, accepts it and reacts to it according to the sender’s expectation! I admit this is a rather stringent view of effective communication in that it includes...