Friday, July 3

Communicate Well To Lead

"If I had to name a single all-purpose instrument of leadership, it would be communication." ~ John W. Gardner

If you cannot communicate, you will not lead others effectively.

If you lead your team, give yourself three standards to live by as you communicate to your people.

1. Be Consistent - Nothing frustrates team members more than leaders who can't make up their minds.
2. Be Clear - Your team cannot execute if they don't know what you want. Don't try to dazzle anyone with your intelligence; impress them with your simple straightforwardness.
3. Be Courteous - Everyone deserves to be shown respect, no matter what their position or what kind of history you might have with them. If you are courteous to your people, you set a tone for the entire organization.

Never forget that as the leader, your communication sets the tone for the interaction among your people.

From The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by Dr. John C. Maxwell

To lead is to serve,
Coach Carolyn

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