Communication as a Core Leadership Trait
Being passionate about writing, I wanted to have a work of mine posted on an AIESEC blog, but the irony was that this eager writer-to-be couldn’t start writing anything until the very last moment; I was worried and anxious, so I preferred to watch an episode of an ongoing television series, which is one of my stress-relieving routines. Who knew that would give me a clue on what I should pen about? There was this piece of dialogue that caught my attention.
“If you have conflicting opinions while working, you need to talk it out with each other and resolve it. Giving rewards or punishments over who’s right and who’s wrong, is not how I work.” – Attorney Jung (Extraordinary Attorney Woo, episode 09)
This, in my opinion, conveys the necessity of strong communication in a team, as well as in an organization. How would people understand what is going on if there is no effective communication? People should interact with one another to learn about what is happening at work, new approaches that will be developed, how well the team performed, what needs to be changed for workers and how it can be changed, and to widen the trust, respect, and the relationship among coworkers by letting them have small chit-chats when they feel overwhelmed. The concern at hand, however, is how crucial excellent communication is to us as one of the fundamental qualities of a leader. There can be diverse characteristics that a strong leader ought to possess in terms of this trait, but I’d choose to deal with two skills- authenticity and listening, that I want to embrace as a leader and as a person.
People do not just open up to everyone; instead, they first determine personalities by spending time with different people. Authenticity- as the word implies, is all about being genuine, and I believe that being authentic and expressing your genuine self to the outer world in such a way that your subordinates could feel you are truly sincere and trustworthy to connect with leads them to form a positive relationship with you and that has a direct influence on your team’s communication behavior. So, let me ask you this: are you an authentic leader upon whom the membership can rely? I guess you are!
You might have had the impression that someone is uninterested in what you are saying while conversing with them at least once in your life. You felt bad, didn’t you? Nobody likes to be ignored, and obviously, no one will talk to you if you are not listening to what they are saying, and the listener should concentrate; simply being available is incomplete. There’s this saying from Stephen R. Covey that I found interesting and factual – “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” This is where empathy comes into play. Sometimes in life, you need someone to listen to you, someone to share your sorrow with, someone who simply understands that all he needs to do is to be by your side without being judgmental. Similarly, people around you may be in different psychological states for a variety of reasons; listening to them in a more empathetic and humane manner and encouraging them results in them talking to you without hesitating, fearing, or resisting, and thus they will honestly express their thoughts when necessary while being committed to the pleasant working environment in which they are confident that they will be treated kindly, will not be excluded and will always be assisted when demanded and required. It is said that he who is a good communicator is a good listener.
Therefore, we, the brave youth leadership, let’s be authentic, for that will distinguish us from the fake. Let’s listen attentively, for there will be a lot of secrets the world wishes to whisper, and let’s evolve together for the world can voice joyously.
All the best!