Leading and Communicating

What do leading and communicating have in common?  

“You can’t do one without the other?”  Maybe.

“Both are important?”  Yes, but keep guessing.

“Hmmm…I give up.”  Okay, Okay I won’t keep you guessing.

From what I have observed, the thing they have in common is also the thing that makes both harder than you may have imagined, and it is this:

Both leading and communicating are unique in that if you do not actively work at them, you lose ground.

Think about that for a moment.  If we assume that we are good at leading our organizations or even our families but do not actively take action, what happens?  If we assume that where we left off the last time we communicated with a peer, boss or co-worker, is exactly where the next conversation begins, we may be in for a surprise.

Resting or pausing in our communication or leadership does not hold our place, like a bookmark.  You have to work hard just to maintain where you are, and push even harder to make progress.

Let’s take communication as an example.  On a Tuesday afternoon you talk to an employee about a report that needs to be done right away because your boss just asked you about it, and you are in meetings on Wednesday, are with clients on Thursday, and happen to take Friday off.  You are back in the office on Monday, and strike up a conversation with that same employee.  Are you in the same place as you were on Tuesday?   

No.  What if that employee had to adjust their workload and stay late to get “your” report done for your boss.  You do not communicate for a few days, and had a long weekend. What is the current state of your relationship?  Have you lost ground?  By not recognizing this fact, you may walk in on Monday (well rested from your long weekend) and tackle the week.  That distance created between you and that employee will begin to widen if you do not take active steps to both communicate and lead well.

Most leaders I have worked with miss the distance that time creates in both leadership and communication and assume that everything is where they last left off.  Being able to recognize and address the distance will separate you from others.  Have you created distance? Have you assumed non-action kept your place?  What can you do today, this morning, or before you leave work today to actively be a leader or communicate well? Write it down, and DO IT!

About Carl Weber

Carl Weber, is the owner and founder of Carl Weber Consulting, a consulting group that helps businesses, non-profits, and individuals understand themselves, hire and manage well, and become great leaders. Carl worked in local government for more than ten years, as the Town Administrator of a few towns in NH. Once upon a time he was a search and rescue swimmer for the US Navy. Carl holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Political Science & Community Development and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Carl is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) and Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA). Carl regularly teaches on human factors and the relationship of behavior and leadership styles, as well as motivation, coaching, leadership challenges, and failing as a leader. His passion is to help leaders in their lifelong journey to finish well, to combat and work with their inner voice, and to live a meaningful story worth reading. Carl lives in Southern New Hampshire with his wife Amanda and together they are raising a small tribe of four young (somewhat crazy) women with the goal of unleashing them on the world to change it for the better.
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4 Responses to Leading and Communicating

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  3. Carl Weber says:

    Thanks Robin. You are such an encouragement in this endeavor. Most of this blog is the result of the things I teach about or think about, and it is fun to write them down.

  4. Robin Lake says:

    Wow. This one went in deep, not just something I read on the surface to give you feedback on its merit. This one went into a place I have been praying through and thinking through as a church leader. More on that later. Thanks Carl. Keep up the great work!

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