Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood. – Freeman Teague, Jr.
The CEO of The Leadership Trust has a severe hearing loss. Talk about opportunities for miscommunication! How about the time in a noisy room when someone said, “Wouldn’t it be nice,” and she exclaimed, “And then we’ll become mice!” Although this is indeed an extreme example, do count your blessings you have normal hearing, yet Teague tells us that there is nonetheless still a lot of room for misinterpretations. Read on.
This website offers some guidance on how to help increase effective communication. The most effective things we can do to improve our communication is to understand how others are perceiving us. In short, we are the creation of someone else’s mind. Perceptions create reality, and everyone’s perceptions can be very different. Anybody can improve his or her communications skills. It is not about vocabulary, syntax, or semantics. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What you are speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you’re saying.” Therefore, consider it is all about to what degree you come across as a real live human being with a heart beat, which is all about authentic leadership. Tough decisions still must be made regardless of style, but if Person A is to be fired, it is preferable that you carry out this assignment as a humanistic leader rather than a tough-nosed autocrat. Communication skills training provides a natural ascension from your current communication style to one known to retain and profitably engage your best human talent, all the while avoiding the unnecessary repercussions when a firing can not be avoided.
Learn more about how our Personalized Leadership Development Program can help you develop a natural sense of social knowingness as a by-product of optimizing your communication skills. It’s an exhilarating journey withing, because you just can’t go to the next higher level until you’ve traveled to the next deeper level.