Learn how to speak like a leader with communication coach Alexander Lyon. Discover four ways that leaders speak differently, including being concise, articulating the value of other areas, speaking at a higher level, and connecting tasks to overall business goals. Enhance your leadership communication skills and lead your teams with more excellence.
This video discusses four ways that leaders speak differently than average individuals. The first way is that leaders are concise, expressing their thoughts in one or two sentences. This not only portrays confidence but also allows others to understand and react to their statements. The second way is that leaders are able to speak outside of their own area of expertise and articulate the value of other areas. They can acknowledge and appreciate different departments' contributions. The third way is that leaders speak at a higher level, talking about the coordination and strategy among departments. They focus on the overall goals of the organization rather than individual departmental interests. Lastly, leaders connect projects and tasks to the overall business and the organization's goals. They explain how each task moves the organization forward. Leaders do not use generic visions statements but instead relate tasks to the concrete goals everyone understands. The video emphasizes that leadership communication is not just about talking, but it also reflects a specific mindset of thinking and communicating.
Leaders speak differently than the average individual contributor.
We're going to look at four ways that leaders talk differently.
I'm Alex Lyon and I'm here to provide communication tips to help you increase
your impact and lead your teams with more excellence.
Today were talking about how leaders communicate. We're going to talk about
four ways that leaders speak differently than the average employee or average
member of an organization.
The first way is that leaders are really concise. They figure out what they want
to say and they say in about one or two sentences.
The advantage to this is that first of all it sounds really confident. When
you're able to express yourself really clearly like that it sounds like wow
they really know what they think.
The second advantage is that when they say something concrete,
it's much more likely to land and people are able to understand it and then react
to it, hopefully positively. But at least they're given something concrete that
they can hear and then respond to.
So you want to make sure your concise. The second thing is that leaders are
able to speak outside of their own area of expertise. And they're able to
articulate the value of other areas of expertise.
For example, let's say they come out of an IT background that's how they rose up.
They're able to look at operations, at accounting, at marketing, at engineering
and so forth and they're able to say exactly what those other areas
contribute. And that's a really powerful thing. A lot of times we get pegged as
individual contributors and we get pegged as close minded because we start
making fun of even other areas, labeling, coming up with weird nicknames.
it's like a little internal competition or turf war that different departments
developed with others. But leaders don't tend to do that. They're able to actually,
first of all, notice and learn about the other areas, and then even speak about
the good value that those other areas contribute. And they are valuable. If they
weren't valuable, they wouldn't be part of the organization.
The third thing that leaders do differently when they speak is that they
are able to speak a level above departments. So they talk about the
among departments. They talk about strategy and how those different
departments are moving in the same direction toward the same goals.
I'll use a metaphor of a a band a rock band. A little personal disclosure, I used
to be in rock bands in high school and college. So I almost always want to go
there with my analogies.
Oftentimes when you're recording in the studio, you have a drummer. And that
drummer wants the drums to be the loudest. And the guitar player wants the guitar to
be the loudest. And the bass player wants the bass to bass to be the loudest.
That's just natural because that's their area of expertise.
so what groups do is they bring in a producer who is there to help craft the
overall song. Because the producer is going to listen to that song
the way someone else might listen to it. Not the way a guitar player would listen to it
or a drummer, but how the average person who's listening to music will
bring that in. And that's what leaders do. They step above those individual
departments they're talking about the overall coordination of those different
efforts. And the fourth way is that leaders are able to connect just about
every single project or task that's being done to the overall business, to
the overall enterprise, to the goals that that organization is trying to reach. So
it doesn't matter what it is, they see how it moves the ball forward in a more
general sense and they're able to spell that out for you. And they don't always
in fact, they almost never do it by connecting it to some cheesy overworked
They're going to talk about that task in relation to the real concrete goals that
everybody hopefully understands. They're going to put it in plain language. If you
are able to talk about the business not just your area
now you're sounding like a leader. And by the way when I say the phrase business,
"talk about the business,"
I'm not talking about just for-profit organizations. If you're in a non-profit
or health care,
you're talking about the overall goals of the organization,
the things that everybody is pushing toward in general. How your organization
is positioned in
the market against others and so forth. So those are the four ways that leaders
speak differently than individual contributors. I hope that you see
it's not just a way of talking but there is a mindset underneath that way of
talking that helps them speak that way. So it's a way of thinking in a way of
It's one of the reasons by the way I created Communication Coach
I call people like you, people who are watching, Rising Leaders.
Maybe your team leader, front-line supervisor, front-line manager and you're
trying to increase your communication skills so that you can lead your teams
with more excellence. That's why the channel is here. So maybe you have
thought of or have heard over the years different ways you've noticed that
leaders communicate and how they come across and it in their own way that's
that distinguishes them from the average person. I encourage you if that's the
case, put your own comments and questions and thoughts below, your own
opinions on the four that I listed here as well. If you're interested in ongoing
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you're very next opportunity.
Leadership requires effective communication skills that set them apart from others in the organization. In this blog post, we will explore four ways in which leaders speak differently and the impact it has on their teams and the overall success of the organization.
One of the key traits of leaders is their ability to be concise. They have the skill to articulate their thoughts and ideas in just a few sentences. This not only portrays confidence but also helps in conveying their message clearly to others. By being concise, leaders ensure that their words have a greater impact and are more likely to be understood and positively received by their team members.
Leaders are not confined to their area of expertise. They possess the ability to understand and appreciate the value of different departments within the organization. Whether it is marketing, accounting, engineering, or operations, leaders can discuss the contributions and importance of each area. This skill allows them to foster collaboration and integration among teams, creating a more cohesive and efficient work environment.
Leaders understand the bigger picture and can speak beyond the individual departments. They discuss the coordination and alignment among different departments, emphasizing the importance of a shared strategy and common goals. By doing so, they ensure that everyone is working together towards the same objectives, reducing silos and promoting a unified approach to achieving success.
Leaders have a unique ability to connect every project or task to the overall business goals of the organization. They are able to see how each initiative moves the organization forward and can explain it in plain language. By making these connections, leaders help their teams understand the broader impact of their work and how it contributes to the success of the organization as a whole.
In conclusion, effective communication is a crucial attribute of successful leaders. By being concise, appreciating different areas of expertise, speaking at the coordination level, and connecting projects to overall business goals, leaders create a powerful impact on their teams and the organization. Developing these communication skills is essential for aspiring leaders who seek to lead with excellence.
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