Ask Skip: Why Is It Important a Leader Communicate More Consciously?

Since my blog article a couple of weeks ago discussing the difference between communicating with our default habits vs. communicating more thoughtfully and consciously, I’ve received a number of comments, both on the blog and direct e-mails continuing the discussion.

This question came in via e-mail to me and I thought it was a great way to take the discussion even deeper.

The simple answer comes down to two things; it’s the difference between being proactive and influential vs. being reactive and influenced.

When business leaders communicate thoughtfully and consciously they are being proactive. When leaders are proactive in their approach it is much easier for followers to be inspired by them and to be positively influenced by them.

When business leaders allow their habits to be their default way of communicating they are reactive, trying to navigate and maneuver situations, having their decisions and actions influencked by those situations.

That’s the difference. It’s a powerful difference.

Leaders that communicate consciously and thoughtfully will develop the respect, trust of those they lead.

Leaders that continually communicate with their default habits (unconsciously) will struggle gaining the trust and respect of those they are leading. These leaders will forever be trying to figure out how to motivate their people to higher levels of performance.

Just my two cents, what do you think. Please leave a comment below.

’til next time, make it a great weekend!

2 thoughts on “Ask Skip: Why Is It Important a Leader Communicate More Consciously?

  1. Juan Valero says:

    Please add some tips to communicate in a proactive way. Also point out the limits of being proactive. Trying being proactive with everyone all the time uses up your energy and time.

  2. Skip Weisman, Workplace Communication Expert says:

    Thanks for reading, leaving a comment and a question.
    In my experience, both personally and in my coaching executives and business leaders in all size companies, I have to disagree that communicating proactively with everyone uses up time and energy. The concept of proactive, conscious communication relates to the communication with those on your team that you should be communicating with on a regular basis.

    I have dozens, if not hundreds, of clients who will reinforce the fact that when a leader communicates proactively with their people it saves time and energy, because you are already spending time and energy putting out fires and dealing with the crisis of the moment. Proactive communication empowers team members to make decisions and solve their own problems.

    As far as tips for proactively communicating, its all about investing time on the front end to strategize end results. We always want to begin with the end-in-mind and be clear on the desired outcomes of your communication. Answer this question, “what do I want to happen after my communication?” Then, you craft the language in order to move the conversation towards that end result. There are a lot of ways to be proactive in our communication, so I can’t go into it all here.

    I don’t see any limits to proactive communication. It’s the lack of proactive communication that kills motivation, morale and trust in work environments.

    If you’d like to discuss conscious and proactive communication strategies in more detail I encourage you to apply for a private, 1:1 Leadership Communication Strategy Session at .

    Thanks, again for your comments and adding to the discussion.

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