"So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible
words with your tongue, how will anyone know
what you are saying? You will just be speaking
into the air" - 1 Corinthians 14:9.
It is important that leaders are clear in their communications with others, and that includes their followers, peers, customers, clients, suppliers and the public at large. This requires that not only the proper words be used, but also that the message leaders communicate is clear - and that they use the appropriate media to relay the message. What's more, leaders must have the credibility that comes with being a role model and having integrity for the message to be believed and received by others.
LEADERSHIP STEP: The only way you can know if you are communicating effectively is to seek feedback from your audience and listeners. One practice you can use is to institute a five-minute wrap up at the end of every meeting you have when everyone gives you feedback on what the group had just decided and who is going to do what by when. Another method is to ask people after a speech or memo to tell you what you just said and the impact on their work or lives.
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