The fundamental thing for anybody, any relationship or any expedition or anything is communication.
Our ability to communicate is one of the most important tools of leadership—some even argue it is the most important skill or competency. It's how we send and receive important information, motivate, and show that we care.
The first step of effective communication is attention.
Mary Oliver, a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, beautifully expressed this when she said, "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work." Scott M. Peck, the author of 'The Road Less Traveled,' echoed this sentiment by stating, “The principal form that the work of love takes is attention… By far the most common and important way in which we can exercise our attention is by listening.”
Moving on to the second step of effective communication: Listening.
Listening isn't just an important skill; it's the cornerstone of the Communication Expedition. I call it an expedition because every time we communicate during our leadership journey, it's a unique and thrilling adventure—an opportunity to both learn and grow.
Have you ever been on an expedition?
There's a sense of excitement and anticipation as you set out. When we view our communications as an expedition, we embark on a quest to discover something new, even if it's not always pleasant or expected. We set aside our preconceived notions and eagerly anticipate what will be revealed to us. We remain open and ready for anything.
This leads us to the third step of effective communication: A sense of curiosity.
To listen and communicate effectively, approaching each interaction with curiosity creates space for anything. As Dale Carnegie wisely said, "The royal road to a person's heart is to talk to them about the things they treasure most."
Remember that the Communication Expedition is a journey of attention, listening, and curiosity. By practicing these three steps, you'll not only become a better communicator but also a more effective leader.
Communication is the wind in your sails, propelling you forward on the voyage of understanding and connection. So, set sail on this remarkable expedition and watch your leadership skills reach new horizons.
Have an amazing journey today!
Alan Mikolaj is a coach and leadership development consultant with 15+ years of experience. He is passionate about helping leaders transform their leadership, their teams, and their organizations. Impactful, professional approach driven by a passion for meaning and purpose, a growth mindset, and a commitment to excellence and service in order to drive change and results.
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Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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