I’ve always considered myself to be a ….“say-what-I-mean and mean what I say,” kind of guy. I’ve never liked the idea of forcing people to read between the lines…. Trying to figure out what I was talking about. I didn’t want anyone to waste time in translation, either. When we, as managers and leaders, speak with CLARITY and CONCISENESS, then reading between the lines is not really necessary…right?
Well, that would be true, if all mangers/leaders spoke with CLARITY… but they don’t. Most managers, and leaders, simply “don’t care.” They’re attitude is… let’em figure it out for themselves…I’m the BOSS, I can talk the way I want to. There is no difference in “our-work-life” then it is with our home life; as children, teens, young adults, or our spouses deserve to have a clear understanding as to what is going on.
It is much easier to “speak-with-clarity,” and get it right the first time, then to repeat ourselves over and over. Besides, if our “follower’s” are truly following…then they’re also truly LISTENING. A good Leader, also, must be a GOOD SPEAKER, as well. He should make it a PRACTICE to speak in PRECISE-TERMS, so that, he’s not miss-understood. He doesn’t have to be ELEGANT… he just has to speak in the same terms that the majority of the listeners are listening in.
A good leader/speaker, will know how to balance all of that, such that, the listener and the speaker will have a “meeting of the minds.” Also, a good leader/speaker will know how to READ his audience. It’s no different than a Minister speaking to his Congregation… he will speak at their receptive level; not over their heads, not under the level of understanding… but precisely at their level of understanding.
I know that we’ve all been exposed to having our “instructions” being miss-understood, miss-read, and even…ignored (a leader’s worst nightmare); but if we want to SURVIVE and EXCELL in the management and leadership fields, then we MUST know how to properly communicate with our audience.
We can take a lesson from the Bible characters, and from God Himself. God was not one to beat around the bush. It was proven time and time again…to LISTEN, and do EXACTLY as He said. Moses an Aaron were denied access to the PROMISED LAND, because they didn’t listen. James 1:22 – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:19 – My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. Malachi 2:2 – If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me. Matthew 4:4 – Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”