According to a recent Deloitte survey, the most crucial characteristic of a leader is communication abilities.
According to poll respondents, the following are the most important characteristics for a leader to have:
Communication abilities 71%
Communication skills are essential for senior leadership and success at all organizational levels. If you want to boost your executive presence, your ability to communicate will set you apart from the crowd.
Here are 9 communication skills improvement tips:
Use easy-to-understand terminology.
Involve your listeners and readers in the discussion. Pose questions and solicit feedback. Solicit feedback from them.
After you’ve listened (and comprehended), take some time to “draft” what you want to say in your brain.
Don’t blame the other person for their lack of comprehension. Instead, search for methods to explain or reframe what you’re saying so that it’s clear.
Most of the time, the best communicators are also the best listeners. Listen without passing judgment, and don’t be distracted by what you’re going to say next. Then, rather than reacting, you respond.
Nonverbal communication accounts for 65 percent of all communication, according to studies.Look for visual cues that indicate whether your listener understands, agrees, or disagrees with your statement. Be mindful that your body is also transmitting signals.
Maintaining eye contact while speaking to a group or one-on-one builds credibility and communicates that you care about your audience.
Recognize that your message is about more than just you or what you want. You should genuinely care about the needs and viewpoints of the people with whom you are speaking. One of the best ways to express your gratitude is to listen to what they have to say.
Take classes, read books or magazines, or learn from excellent communicators in your community. Seek the advice of a mentor or executive coach.
You’ll master the art of having uncomfortable discussions, making your views heard, expertly negotiating a wage increase or promotion, and leaving a lasting impression on everyone you meet if you have good communication skills.