Words have always guided my interests. The majority of my time is spent seeking personal essays in video, audio or written format, following the careers of stand-up comedians and writers, and in meetings determined to understand what’s behind the words floating about. I have never been more aware of the weight of words than I am now. They are becoming heavier.
A writer judges themselves by their intentions but ultimately the power is held by the reader, who interprets. As communication becomes more impersonal and we work in larger teams over larger distances, the benefit of the doubt gets lost amongst the noise and all we have are emojis to communicate how we truly feel.
I am learning that becoming more articulate is a necessity of management; communication is my job. Spending a year reading more books has been the quickest and most impactful contribution I have ever made to my own growth. Listening to others with more experience in management has been another. Communication has historically not been my strongest skill-set but I do not have a choice in these matters now so I must come around to it.
Three things of note:
The strongest leaders are great communicators. Consider your words and be mindful.