If you ask most managers, they’d say that communication is the #1 skill in creating a successful team. But, let’s face it, communication is challenging.
It takes a lot of work to develop good habits and establish best practices and techniques, even if you’d consider yourself a seasoned pro when communicating with your team.
Here’s a list of 4 reason’s why you’ll want to bump up your communication skills when engaging with your employees.
1. Drive more business
A no brainer! If you aren’t communicating with your employees how do you expect to grow your business? Stay on the same page — regardless if you like to delegate tasks or let your team run wild.
2. You’ll become a better listener
You are the leader of the pack — so being a good listener is crucial. Listening to what your employees have to say is important to staying insync.
Have compassion, emphasize and let them know you are interested in what they have to say. Let them know you are just as interested in what they have to say as you are on watching the next season of Game of Thrones.
3. Strengthen relationships with your employees
Developing relationships with your employees is one of the best ways to keep them. It also helps build trust.
Not sure of how to boost rapport within your team? Try weekly one-on-one’s, team meetings, and quarterly reviews. Show them you are interested in their professional development.
4. Clarity and transparency
Every good leader should establish a clear vision and goals and communicate this clearly with your employees. If you don’t already have one you should create a mission statement and have everyone on your team learn it by heart.
Letting your employees know what is expected of them and expressing your organizations core values is needed to developing your team.
Being clear on what your employees and teams goals are will only make everyone’s life easier. That way, if there are any thing that is unclear it can be tackled before the task is complete.
And there you have it.
Make sure you never lose site of communicating with your team. There are tons of productivity and communication platforms out there that can help you maximize work performance and reduce overloading individuals (eh hem…did anyone say walkie talkie app?)