There are times when you have reached a point in your career where you are perhaps the most experienced person on the team and because of this, were named team leader. Unfortunately, when it comes to leading the team, there seems to be something missing. It’s not that you don’t know your job inside out, it’s more a matter of getting the team onboard with what you are trying to accomplish.
Have you stopped to consider that maybe they just aren’t ‘getting you’? You may be a master of your trade, but your communication skills might be lacking. Here is where you might want to take a look at just why communication is an important skill for effective leadership.
You Are Living in a Global Community
Maybe you are from another country where things are phrased a bit differently. Perhaps your team doesn’t quite understand what you are trying to communicate, even though you are one of the global leaders in your profession. Have you considered the benefits of studying English as a speaker of other languages? If you live in the UK, for example, you could check out Manchester English courses that were designed for people just like yourself. Sometimes your personal accomplishments aren’t sufficient to be an effective leader and the one missing spoke on the wheel could very well be your ability to communicate.
From Idea to Product
One of the very real stumbling blocks for creative personalities is in their ability to help others visualize their goal. In the professional world, it is vital that you are able to bring others from idea (concept) to a finished product. This is especially important for team leaders who are not only tasked with managing a team but were also on the creative end of the job. If you can’t get the team to see what you are trying to accomplish, you’ll find new meaning for the term ‘spinning your wheels.’
Conveying Factual Data
A very big part of leadership communication is based on presenting factual information. When speaking with peers it’s perfectly acceptable to say, “This device is awesome.” However, when explaining the benefits to a sales team, they need more than ‘awesome’ to go on! They need factual evidence that this device does what it was created to do, reasons why it is better than anything released by the competition, and how it can benefit consumers or other B2B clients. Effective communication mandates that you are able to substantiate any claims with something more than superlatives!
The bottom line is that in order to be an effective leader, you must be able to bring the team along with you towards your company or team goals. If you are not able to clearly communicate what it is they should or shouldn’t be doing, as the case may be, you cannot possibly hope to be an effective leader. You can’t, after all, do all the work yourself. How many times have you seen a team leader throw their hands up in despair and just take over the task themselves? Could lack of communication have been the issue? That’s something you never want to encounter as a team leader, so if you want to be as effective as possible, refine those language skills.