Small-business leaders talk plenty, but are employees really listening? Are your team members tuning out as soon as you start talking?
By definition, great leadership is defined by inspiring followers to take action. Nick Morgan writes that if a leader can't motivate through verbal and written communication, they will have a much tougher time getting anyone to take action on the company's behalf. Like all skills, communicating effectively takes practice in order for it to become automatic or "unconscious" inside the leader.
In order to be a better leader, this practice should include:
1. Watching or listening to past speeches. This can be done with almost any smartphone using the recording or video app. While it is uncomfortable for many leaders to listen or watch themselves, it is really the only way to learn and improve their skills.
2. Ask a mentor or manager for feedback. How a leader delivers a message is not how it is always received.
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