Communication – Do you offer enough clarity?

I’ve been lucky down the years.  I’ve worked for plenty of managers who treated me and others with respect.  More importantly, they made the brews and even bought cakes on a Friday.  What more could I ask for?!

Being a great leader is much more than displaying honesty, integrity, knowledge and generally being nice.  Of course, these are important, but if you want to create leaders in your business that people want to follow, they also need another vital ingredient – clarity.

Leaders who don’t provide enough clarity around their expectations, their vision, performance objectives and so on will ultimately lose the respect of those around them.  Employees won’t know what’s expected of them, or in what direction the business is heading.  They won’t be clear on the fundamental things that are key to their own and their company’s success. Ultimately of course, this poses a significant risk that employees will simply coast along waiting patiently until the Friday cakes arrive and will never really help to drive the business forward.

As a manager, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you provide enough clarity?
  • On the clarity scale of 1-10 (-with 1 being non-existent), how would your team score you? Why?
  • In what ways could you improve?
  • What obstacles/challenges might you face in increasing your level of clarity?
  • How do you intend to overcome these obstacles?

Book Recommendation 

We’d highly recommend; Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek.  A brilliant book that will help you to identify your own purpose and more importantly how that can be communicated to your own team.

 

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