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Leadership: Understand Your Relevance

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Leadership Pursuits

Leadership is the basis for all things we do in life. Whether at home with your children or during your career, leadership skills need to be established early on and continuously developed. Our pursuits to become the best leader possible should never stop. The focus starts with understanding your relevance and the experience we share daily and using this experience to gain more insight in leadership. Within any good leader is their ability to communicate effectively. One of the major areas that many of us may struggle with is how to communicate positive and negative feedback. It’s important to understand the impact of helpful feedback and the development potential seen with the subordinate’s performance. Although feedback seems to be an easy aspect of communication, many of us including myself struggle with communicating feedback that is potentially negative. Giving constructive feedback should not be missed and involves sharing information based on your perceptions and regarding the subordinates performance and behavior. It’s often uncomfortable, but shouldn’t be missed because of the leaders inability to communicate effectively. Lastly, each circumstance and opportunity for feedback should be evaluated. It’s important to understand that feedback should be given at the write time, place or opportunity to get the best return on your communication.

Improving Feedback Skills

In my role as an educator it’s important for me to come across helpful and not arrogant. There are many useful and effective tips that I can use that will allow me to be perceived in the right way. How I ask someone if they need help will make a big difference in how receptive they are to allowing you to help. Bragging or boasting that you are better in that subject will not optimizing your ability to be received as someone that can help. Being direct in your conversation will limit misunderstanding. Adult learners want you to be direct. It’s important to understand that being vague just adds more unanswered questions that limit the learning process. Being timely in your responses and don’t wait hours to days to communicate something that’s needed. Lastly, being flexible is the key. Understanding that someone may be frustrated and not able to hear what your saying will greatly enhance your ability to communicate with them. It may be that you come back to the issue at a later time so as to allow the person some defusing time.

Opportunities

Our ability to communicate our thoughts in a manner that fosters engagement with others is a tool that will only strengthen our ability to lead. This is a trait that if learned could become the most powerful tool available to a leader. Having a mission and identifying areas of needed change is the first part of driving change. Change happens after you as the leader can articulate your thoughts in a manner that fosters conversation, and buy-in within your team. Whether I’m developing my communication skills to better understand body language or how to layout and plan dynamic meetings that fosters teamwork and collaboration. I fully understand how effective communication and having the mindset to drive change will move any company to the next level.

Reflection

I feel any good leader understands their weaknesses and focuses on perfection in those areas. As I’ve stated, within any good leader, is their ability to communicate effectively. Nobody likes to discuss negative feedback. It can be uncomfortable and can easily be communicated in the wrong manner. Based on this, it’s important to understand the impact of helpful feedback and the development potential seen with the subordinate’s performance. I often have thought that my ability to teach and communicate plays a huge factor in how a student succeeds. This is something that I always consider when I see someone fail. Obviously, each student or subordinate needs to be accountable to their own learning, as well as have some level of motivation. It’s essential however to support their growth with positive, as well as negative feedback. Nobody can address deficiencies without knowing first what those are. It should be a consistent goal for each of us to look at this more closely and work towards effective, transparent communication that optimizes the growth of the other person. I have come to realize the impact we all can have in our profession. Whether you’re a line employee, lower manager or upper level director, each of us plays a huge role in how the company drives forward. It’s truly a ripple affect and can be more powerful than anything else. At the same time, the mismanagement of resources and the lack of knowledge or understanding is this area can cause a virus in an organization that infects the masses. It’s amazing how the simple aspect of communication can make all the difference. Without it, and your organization fails to understand the simplest areas of need. Communication in the team environment is something I see as essential and I look forward to developing a stronger ability to lead in this manner, while driving change in the process.

 

Thanks for reading!  

 

Eric

 

References 

 

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