As a leader, you want your team to follow you. To follow you, they need to trust you. To trust you, they need to believe what you say, and they want to know you care. It’s even better when you trust them too. Part of developing that trust, respect, and rapport you need to lead is open communication.
It doesn’t just contribute to your effectiveness as a leader; it contributes to the success of the company. Often people in the organization see issues that can be remedied, but they don’t feel empowered to bring them up.
Imagine if someone in your organization had the solution to your biggest challenge, but they didn’t say anything. It happens all the time. When you encourage open communication, even when it’s critical, you can surface new ideas and proactively address issues before they become big problems for your organization.
The key to open communication is focusing on the intention, which is supported by trust and respect. If everyone’s intention is directed toward realizing the vision, then communicating openly can help get us there faster.
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How can you communicate more openly with your team?
How can you consistently encourage open communication in your organization?
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“You can talk till you are blue in the face, but people know in their gut if you really care about them.”
~ Bridget Haymond