Organisations must recognise poor communicative leadership.
Do you know the single biggest challenge in communicative leadership for organisations? We need more leaders than we have. 1Doctor Spin: Overcoming the Leadership Gap (With Fewer Leaders) (2023).
In most organisations, non-leaders in management positions outnumber natural-born leaders in management positions.
We’re sophisticated mammals with complex languages and social behaviours, making leadership necessary for survival. Leadership is evolutionary valuable — and also naturally rare. 2I recommend Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willinck for an in-depth look at a military approach to leadership and communication.
So, how do we make this equation work?”
Signs of Poor Communicative Leadership
Given that leadership is such a profound organisational challenge, almost every working adult has experienced what it means to serve a non-communicative leader in an organisation:
Is excellent communication an outcome of outstanding leadership?
Or is exceptional leadership a product of excellent communication?
Signs of Good Communicative Leadership
What is required from communicative leaders? According to Catrin Johansson, Vernon Miller and Solange Hamrin:
Checklist for Leadership Clarity
In my experience, over-communication is always preferable to under-communication.
Some might argue that communicative leadership is due to more esoteric qualities such as charm, charisma, and verbal abilities. While natural abilities are part of it, communicative leadership in practice often comes down to clarity.
For this, I use this simple checklist:
Checklist for Communicative Leadership
Always make sure that everyone in an organisation is 100% clear about the following:
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|Doctor Spin: Overcoming the Leadership Gap (With Fewer Leaders) (2023).|
|I recommend Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willinck for an in-depth look at a military approach to leadership and communication.|