Forbes magazine published this great list of leadership qualities. Have a look at what they had to say about communication skills:
Knowing what you want accomplished may seem clear in your head, but if you try to explain it to someone else and are met with a blank expression, you know there is a problem. If this has been your experience, then you may want to focus on honing your communication skills. Being able to clearly and succinctly describe what you want done is extremely important. If you can’t relate your vision to your team, you won’t all be working towards the same goal.
Training new members and creating a productive work environment all depend on healthy lines of communication. Whether that stems from an open door policy to your office, or making it a point to talk to your staff on a daily basis, making yourself available to discuss interoffice issues is vital. Your team will learn to trust and depend on you, and will be less hesitant to work harder.
Have you ever experienced that? Do you feel that you could improve your communication skills?
One of the best ways to do so is to take into account what your listener already knows about the subject and then adjust. Imagine how a brain surgeon would talk about a certain procedure to a patient and how he would describe it to a fellow neurosurgeon. The two conversations would be very different down to the vocabulary used.
Learn how to be flexible and adjust your way of talking, depending on who is listening. It will be the first step towards achieving clarity in your organization and getting everyone on the same page.
Click here for the full Forbes piece.