Communication Level 4 – Lead (part 1 of 2)

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Actions always speak louder than words.  The ultimate and most effective form of communication is leadership by example.  When we show our very best by demonstrating respect, cooperation, courtesy and love for others, we are likely to awaken admiration in others.  When others see our high standards of behavior and then try to emulate us, we exercise the most powerful form of communications: we communicate through our actions, through what we do, by being an example.

Again, of course, as with all forms of communication, leadership starts with what we do with and for ourselves.   For example, we show respect and love for ourselves by taking care of our personal hygiene (brushing our teeth, combing our hair, keeping our clothes neat, etc.), by eating healthy, constantly learning and exercising.  Even in taking care of ourselves, we set a standard that others may follow.

When we communicate as a leader, there are specific things that we must do.  The following are some examples of the best ways to lead:

  • Praising instead of criticizing and condemning
  • Expressing sincere appreciation for the contribution of others
  • Showing genuine interst in others
  • Using nonverbal communication to add meaning to what we say; smiling for example
  • By greeting others
  • Making others feel important
  • Listening
  • Respecting others’ opinions
  • Avoiding arguments
  • Admitting our mistakes
  • Taking the blame and sharing the credit
  • Helping with chores and tasks
  • Obeying society’s rules and regulations
  • Showing respect for public places by helping to keep them clean
  • Being courteous and polite to everyone always
  • Accepting cultural differences and learning about other cultures
  • Respecting animals and their habitats
  • Taking care of the environment by not littering

Excerpts in this article were taken from the ATA Leadership Life Skill Books