How Important Are Communications?

executive leadership mentoringI got into very healthy debate over the weekend with a good friend about the most important aspect of real game changing leadership (Transformational Leadership!). We were in violent agreement that having the right, talented people is critical and that a compelling vision married to a strategy is fundamental to any business’s future. However, we debated more than I ever expected about my belief that those and so many other critical needs are all secondary to the ability to execute real strong, clear communications. We ended up agreeing that most of what works in our lives, or fails for that matter, is the result of the job we either perform or miss on the communication front. Now that I think about the conversation, it is funny but we were able to have a healthy debate because we are both good, clear and honest communicative leaders who care about each other.

In my book,the first chapter in the secret sauce of Transformational Leadership (chapter4) is actually titled “Win Them Over–Communicate, Communicate, Communicate”. I make many critical points in this chapter but the main message is that the leader must drive the communication process, establish his presence and become a real caring open leader to the broad business team. As I point out, this complex process consists of many steps but the first step is really simple. You must become totally open as to who you are, where you came from, what you know or want to know about them and the business, how you operate and what you expect from them. The more this can be done with candor, humility and conviction the faster the transformation will start!

The most important part about communication as the catalyst for change though is not just this front end work but the ongoing consistency of the communication. How are we doing? Where are we going for future success and job security? Why are the metrics so important? What is the value of productivity to my future? What do our customers think and a they satisfied with our work? Will I share in the future success of the business? These and so many more questions are constantly on the mind of your organization. They deserve to have answers and they deserve it without asking. The bottom line, the more your organization knows the more they will see the need to constantly change and drive the needs of the business from their own informed perspective. Communications the real key to Transformation!


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