Communicating well as a leader in the workplace takes more than simply giving orders. Rather than speaking without listening, supervisors that win the trust of associates learn to treat dialogue as an ingredient for positive results. Good leaders realize that failing to respect coworkers opinions and input fosters a productivity-stalling atmosphere of alienation and stress.
No one wants to feel invalidated, especially in a professional setting, where efficiency and cooperation are key to tackling the complex tasks involved in producing a valuable product. To build rapport and reap the benefits of a conversation gone right, leaders practice these vital habits for effective communication.
Stay brief and clear
A good way to ensure words aren’t wasted is to have an objective in mind before initiating communication. Know ahead of time what you’re hoping to achieve, and you’ll be able to direct the flow of conversation toward a specific endpoint. Keep messages simple, short and direct, avoid emotional reactions, and maintain objectivity when considering what you’re about to say, and those on the receiving end will naturally be more receptive.
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