What does it take to foster great communication in your leader? If your leader has a thirst to communi cate and seeks every opportunity to engage with an
audience, that question might be easy to answer. But great leaders
aren’t always so outgoing. Some of the most talented leaders are
introverts, and coaxing out their talent for communication takes
some finesse. In the pages that follow, you’ll get guidance on what
it takes to cultivate great leadership communication. Here are a
few thoughts that build on that advice.
Whether they are introverts or extroverts, lead
ers each have a distinct voice—and that voice is a
result of how their perceptions and life experi
ences have shaped them. If we really want to
understand how our leader’s voice can become
an inspirational force, we should start by gaining
a genuine understanding of his or her life, and
what led to the vision he or she is offering. Before
you can be a coach, you’ll need to be a disciple.
Listen, and make a connection to the expression
of a future you’ll be helping to convey.
Behind the scenes, many talented commu
nication coaches are supporting some of the most
influential leaders of our time, drawing out their
stories and connecting them back to the audiences
they serve. If you’re able to empathize with both
your audience and your leader—and if what your
leader says to you privately feels true and right—
the rest is just a question of finding an outlet for
that voice to resound and inspire. It starts with
you hearing and feeling the power of that voice.
“Before you can be a
coach, you’ll need to
be a disciple. Listen,
and make a connection
to the expression of a
future you’ll be helping
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