Communication is a critical skill.


Dave Kinnear1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Blog

Transcript: Hello! Today, we’re diving deep into a vital topic, communication. More specifically, we’ll be discussing how to strike the right balance in communicating your vision and values and how to gauge the effectiveness of your communication.

I am Dave Kinnear, Board Certified Coach, and Certified Veteran Development Coach. Welcome back to our Leadership Insight Podcast, the show about developing your leadership skills.

Let’s start by addressing an intriguing question. Can a CEO or senior leader overcommunicate their vision and values? Unfortunately, the answer is yes, it’s indeed possible. As important as it is to regularly communicate your vision and values, doing it excessively can lead to several problems. Constant repetition, for instance, can cause communication fatigue, with your team members tuning out or feeling disengaged.

Without meaningful context or consistent action, overemphasizing vision and values might make them lose their impact over time. It can even create a perception of insincerity if your actions don’t match your words, affecting your credibility and trustworthiness.

Also, focusing too much on communicating vision and values might make you neglect other critical forms of communication, such as providing feedback, addressing concerns, and giving actionable directions.

Having discussed the potential pitfalls of overcommunication, how can you gauge your communication’s effectiveness?

One of the key indicators is understanding. If your team members can accurately articulate the vision, values, strategies, or instructions you’ve communicated, you’re on the right path.

Another sign to look for is engagement. Are your messages sparking dialogue and interaction? Also, observe if people can translate your communication into action.

Alignment across teams and departments in understanding your message is another critical factor. You’ll also want to pay attention to the feedback you’re receiving and improvements in your team’s performance, morale, creativity, and problem-solving capacities.

Finally, and most importantly, look for signs of trust in your leadership, which often develops through consistent and open communication.

In Summary:

  1. Overcommunicating vision and values can lead to issues such as communication fatigue, perceived insincerity, and neglect of other communication forms.
  2. Effective communication can be gauged through team members’ understanding, engagement, and ability to implement communicated messages.
  3. Alignment in understanding across different teams and departments is a critical measure of effective communication.
  4. Feedback indicating improved team performance, morale, creativity, and problem-solving capacities indicates successful communication.
  5. Building trust through consistent and open communication is essential, underlining the importance of speaking and listening in leadership roles.

That’s it for today’s episode, folks. Remember, your words carry weight, so use them to encourage understanding, spark action, and build trust in your team. Effective communication is not just about speaking; it’s also about listening and responding.

Once again, I’m Dave Kinnear, Executive Leader Coach. Thank you for joining us on the Leadership Insight Podcast. Stay tuned for more insights and practical tips to help you grow as a leader. See you next time!