Table of Contents
- 1 Types of Leadership communication
- 2 Important communication skills you need to use as a Leader
Communication impact | Interview with Lindsey CaplanShe helps change champions enhance their communication impact so that change sticks.
Her expertise is in scripting experiences that help boost morale, engagement, and retention for the long term. She leverages a proprietary method based on my over 15 years of experience gathering across entertainment, education, and business.
Lindsey earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Creative Writing for the Media from Northwestern University. Most of all, she's fueled by a strong desire to teach and help others succeed.
Her forthcoming book, The Gathering Effect, is based on her research and consulting practice.
Types of Leadership communication
There are several types of Leadership communication is each is used depending on what type of person you are. Of course, like many things, each type has its ups and downs, and some are more beneficial than others. But it all comes down to what your personality is and what communication type you tend to veer towards.
Passive Leadership Communication:
Passive communicators tend to act indifferently when communicating with others; they often go with whatever the other person says. They avoid expressing their opinions and feelings when it comes to main situations. Moreover, they lack some self-confidence hence making them avoid eye-contact. The pros of this type of communication are that they are very easy to talk to in conflict as they tend to avoid confrontation. They are very easy-going people. The cons are that a lot of the times, these personalities are misunderstood because they never speak their mind.
You’ll know an aggressive communicator when you see one. They tend to be very domineering and demanding. Thus, they fully believe that they are right, and everyone around them is wrong. They belittle the person they are talking to, making their opinions feel less. This type of person is very hard to talk to as they will always blame you and start-up conflicts whenever they can. The one good thing that comes with this personality is that they always make sure their point is heard.
Passive-aggressive communicators are considered very sneaky and manipulative they may seem like they have a calm, passive personality. However, on the inside, they are very resentful. Unlike aggressors, they don’t make their point clear by demanding attention; instead, they tend to sabotage someone else’s work and spread rumors behind their back.
Assertive Leadership Communication:
This is considered the best type of communication. This type of communicator would have the confidence to make their point clear to the other person but not in an over-bearing way that belittles the other person; instead, they listen to what others have to say and come to an overall comprise that leaves both parties happy. They are very easy to talk to as you immediately trust their intentions.
Important communication skills you need to use as a Leader
Several factors make you a good communicator, whether it’s as a normal person or as a leader, down below I’ve listed some of the most important skills you need when communicating with someone as a leader.
Don’t slur your words:
It’s very important to speak clearly and coherently when talking. You may think it’s stupid and won’t make much of a difference, but it makes a great difference. If you slur your words and shy away from your words, you would seem unconfident in front of those around you, so they’ll believe that you are unsure of your words. So remember to annunciate every syllable and speak clearly.
This point somewhat correlates with the previous point. You could be the most prepared person in the room, the one with the most wisdom and knowledge, and yet if you lack confidence, not a single person will listen and trust what you have to say. I cannot stress this enough; confidence is extremely important when communicating, especially as a leader. When talking, you need to fully believe in your words and your capabilities because how can you expect people to believe in your capabilities and words if you can’t do that. Anything you say will sound a hundred times more convincing if you are confident. So stand tall, hold eye contact, and speak your mind.
In a lot of situations in your life, you will be faced with people with different opinions than yours. You may think their opinions are absurd, and in your mind, you may think that you are always right. This line of thinking is going to lead you nowhere in life. Every single person is unique in their way, with their thoughts and own opinions, and just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they are wrong. It’s very important to remember that the world doesn’t revolve around you, so you shouldn’t have the right to tell someone their opinion is wrong because, in the end, you are just as clueless as them when comes to deciding ‘right or wrong.’
To wrap things up, always remember to keep an open mind when talking to other people. Don’t just focus on your own opinion without hearing the other person out. Just let people live their lives without sticking your nose in their business because as long they aren’t hurting you or others, its none of your damn business what they do, even if you don’t believe that what they are doing is your definition of ‘right.’
Listen to what the other person has to say:
A lot of people believe that being a good communicator means getting as many words as possible in or excessive talking. They are mistaken. Good communication requires listening to the person you are talking to and allowing to get in their point as well as you get in yours. Communication is a two-way street.
It’s very important to put your ego aside when talking to people. When you empathize with the person you are talking to, it will immediately make you a more trust-worthy person in there. Hence, when they begin to trust you, they will act more comfortable around you, making the conversation run smoothly.