How Leaders’ Communication Styles Impact the Delivery of Results

How Leaders’ Communication Styles Impact the Delivery of Results
Money

I recently asked acoustics expert, David Greenberg, what the greatest concert hall is. He quickly replied, “For what?” He went on to explain that different venues are better for certain types of performances.

When you think about the best way to communicate with your team, ask yourself, “To do what?” Concert halls designed to accommodate every type of performance become mediocre for each.

Similarly, leaders must abandon homogeneous communication strategies. In order to communicate effectively with team members unite them around your vision, analyze the purpose, constraints and potential solutions related to your team.

Purpose
Greenberg is president of Westport, Conn.-based acoustics consultancy Creative Acoustics, LLC. He explained to me that different venues are better for small group recitals than for large orchestras, or opera, or theater or other performance types. Sparing you the technical details, it has to do with both direct and reflected sounds, balance and reverberance.

According to Greenberg:

At a certain point it became clear that multi-purpose spaces would need to go from no-purpose (where a single acoustic setting meant a compromise to every use) to truly multi-purpose where significant and ideally simple and quick changes could be made to form a room setting favoring theatre to one required by symphony, or opera or film or dance or…

A leader’s communication strategy varies depending upon a team’s purpose, strategy and posture. Communication with teams possessing dominant market positions will likely be more formal, systematic and direct, in line with the discipline required to maintain that top position.

Conversely, teams playing niches or creating completely new things will be better served by a more informal, adaptive and reflective approach.

Constraints

The constraints inherent in making truly multi-purpose venues are substantial. One must consider regulations and code requirements, in addition to basic needs like lighting angles, temperature, sightlines, aesthetics and budget.

One major constraint for leaders will be the organization and community environment in which teams operate. Team communication nests within accepted norms. But those create an all-purpose/no-purpose hall that, almost by definition, is a compromise.

Solutions
The answer to creating an effective multi-purpose venue is found in flexible components like orchestra shells, and adjustable sound-absorbing materiel deployed when needed and stored when not, creating different sound boxes as appropriate. David makes the point that the sound has to be right for both the audience and the performers.

Helping the musicians hear themselves and each other is the most important thing because if they are happy they are going to produce the best results.

This is true for high-performing teams as well. As a leader, you need to make sure the people on your team can hear themselves and each other if you want them to produce the best results.

Think in terms of a multi-purpose hall, giving different teams and different sub-teams the ability to modify the box to fit their needs so they can hear themselves and each other better.

This is a good example of step 5 of The New Leader’s PlaybookDrive Action by Activating and Directing an Ongoing Communication Network (Including Social Media)

Everything communicates. You can either make choices in advance about what and how you’re going to communicate or react to what others do. It is important to discover your own message and be clear on your platform for change, vision, and call to action before you start trying to inspire others.

It will evolve as you learn, but you can’t lead unless you have a starting point to help focus those learning plans. Identify your target audiences. Craft and leverage your core message and master narrative. Monitor and adjust as appropriate on an ongoing basis.

Leadership is about inspiring and enabling others. A big piece of this is creating an enabling environment so people can inspire each other.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Preston Waters

Preston Waters is a thinker. He's not your traditional philosophical persona, however, as he leaves no topic untouched. Covering all the bases, from business to women, Preston Waters is the ultimate man's man for Gen-Y.

Original Video

Everything You Need To Know About Marijuana

Jesus has risen, but how high did he get? While Easter and 4/20 falling on the same day is most definitely a weird coincidence, it will also highlight a pretty important public opinion on what’s more important: weed or candy eggs? Sto...

More In Money

Money Gurbaksh Chahal

21 Things That People With Confidence Do Differently

Confidence is a unifying trait amongst the most successful people in the world. It’s the confidence to push past the word “no” and to pursue your dream despite the looming possibility of failure. Confident people are the people who aren’t afraid to take a stance and change the world; they stretch across nearly every realm […]

Money Paul Hudson

Lonely At The Top: 9 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Can Only Rely On Themselves

Entrepreneurs are the modern-day warriors, generals of the global commerce battlefields. They have more enemies than they can count and unfortunately most of them are wearing their very own colors. The life of an entrepreneur is a very difficult one – always. There are no exceptions. There is, however, one philosophy that can and should […]

Money Paul Hudson

The Fine Line Between Being Passionate And Being Crazy

I’m not entirely sure if I’m the best person to be writing on the topic seeing as how I’m not completely convinced of my sanity. But then again that may very well make me the best candidate for the job. The difference between being passionate and being crazy is often hazy at best. The most […]

Strategy Leyla Abdullayeva

The Truth About Intelligence: Is It Genetically Inherited Or Earned?

According to the dictionary, intelligence is the ability of acquiring and applying knowledge and skills. However, it’s not that simple, since intelligence is a notion that is often misunderstood. Some people believe that intelligence is the knowledge you gain through education, while others believe it has nothing to do with education, but it is the […]

Money Paul Hudson

How The Greatest Minds In The World Make The Least Amount Of Decisions

Entrepreneurs are professional decision makers. The decisions we make affect not only ourselves, but the entire company: the people who work for us, and the customers we serve. The same goes for anyone who can be dubbed a leader. Now, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Human beings are intrinsically leaders. […]

Also On Elite

Ladies

Leveling The Playing Field: 5 Expectations Of Men That Should Be Nixed

We all know that women are often objectified, expected to look a certain way and act a certain way. As of late, online media content has focused on the female gender topic. There has recently been another resurgence of the feminist movement. Online magazines are publishing more content that dispels gender stereotypes about women, Hollywood […]

Motivation

The 22 Ways Weed Will Save Your Life

It’s no mystery that weed has medical uses that can no longer be denied by even the most fervent of its opponents. Over the long, hard years towards legalization, it’s proven to help cancer patients find relief during chemotherapy and soldiers with PTSD. It’s also shown to help with a bunch of other medical conditions, […]

Sports

The Minnesota Twins Pulled Off A Hilarious Prank Against Pitcher Mike Pelfrey

This is an absolutely brilliant job by the Minnesota Twins. Pitcher Mike Pelfrey is a former Wichita State Shocker himself, and knowing this, they brought him into manager Ron Gardenhire’s office to give the undefeated Shockers basketball team a pump-up speech before their March Madness debut. Pelfrey had no idea that the team he was […]