Have you given much thought to how your personal leadership communication strategy can move you and your leadership talents to the next level? I know you have goals for yourself. They may be moving up the corporate ladder, pushing through a revenue goal, or winning a championship title with your sports team. Whatever your goals might be, having a personal leadership communication strategy will absolutely help you on your journey to achieving those goals. Your leadership communication strategy will help your team work cohesively. So, do you have a personal leadership communication strategy?
Over the past few blog posts, we’ve been carefully laying our foundational cornerstones for effective communication. We have already placed the cornerstones of intentional communication, the goal of seeking alignment, and consistency. Now, it’s time for the cornerstone that perfectly dovetails with creating a personal leadership communication strategy—begin with the end in mind.
One of my favorite books of all time is Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. That book is truly a treasure chest of good leadership information. Even though it was written in 1989, it has withstood the test of time and remains a perennial favorite and bestseller. One gem from Covey’s work that applies particularly well to the topic of developing a personal leadership communication strategy is his advice to begin with the end in mind.
What begin with the end in mind really means is starting with the end result of your work and then reverse-engineering the process. In your communication, that will mean thinking about what you hope to achieve with your communication efforts and then planning backwards from there. I encourage you to look at this concept from the 30,000-foot level of your vision or your organization’s vision, and then zoom down to the 500-foot level of drafting your next email. It will take some practice to be that agile and flexible, but when you become proficient at it, the world will be your oyster!
I’d like to focus in on the word personal. Only you know your current situation better than anyone else on the planet. Your leadership communication strategy should be tailored to you, your current skillset, and where you want to go in your leadership role. One of the best ways to move toward achieving those goals is through a personal leadership communication strategy, and you’ll find great value in working with a coach or trusted friend—someone who will be your champion. They need to be able to work with you to build a level of trust so that they are able to point out to you your assets as well as objectively show you your blind spots.
I welcome the opportunity to work with you to support you along your path to becoming the leader you know you can be. You already have it within you; sometimes, it just takes someone you trust to guide you on the best path forward. Please reach out! Until next time, do good work and be well!