In today’s job market and professional climate, it is evermore essential for professionals to possess excellent communication skills.
According to a recent analysis published by Harvard Business Review studying 5,000 job descriptions for C-Suite roles, companies are really looking for leaders with strong social skills, not so much financial expertise and industry knowledge (although those are also important!). If you have your eyes set on leadership roles or are new to increasing responsibility in your job, now is the time to start developing your communication skills to make you a better leader.
Here’s a list of five reasons why you should develop your professional communication skills to elevate your career today:
1. Communication can make you a better leader, period.
Having the ability to inspire, motivate, and invoke forward momentum is a skill set that separates a mediocre leader from a great one.
Especially if you have your sights set on climbing the ladder and gaining the positive attention of those around you, it is essential that you are not only able to clearly communicate in your day-to-day work life, but that you’re also able to verbally perform on a grander scale such as leading a boardroom or presenting in front of hundreds.
2. Communication can boost your productivity and job performance.
Let me tell you, this one is a game changer for transforming your daily interactions and thus saving you headaches.
Having to constantly fix errors or circle back to previously discussed messages are just two of the many ways that poor communication can be a major time drain that affects your mood and overall performance on the job.
Having the ability to clearly and effectively communicate a message the first time around saves valuable time and energy, leaving more room for you to actually focus on your job.
3. Communication can improve your work environment.
Your team dynamics at work has the power to majorly impact how you feel about your job.
If a team tends to work disjointly to the point that they rarely communicate with one another, they are less likely to achieve collective success and more likely to become jaded, unmotivated, and negative about their work.
Conversely, if a team functions under the premise that collaboration is encouraged and frequent communication is expected, they are more likely to reach their goals and improve their performance as a group.
4. Communication can get you and your organization paid more.
Yep, you heard me right!
Many, many professionals have never learned how to effectively ask for what they deserve in a respectful yet confident manner.
Negotiating is a critical communication skill that allows you to articulate your value, vision, and experience to others. Successful negotiation can lead to a higher salary, scoring a contract with a high-paying client, and ultimately earning you and your organization more money.
5. Communication creates connection.
This right here is the heart and soul of what communication is all about.
Whether it is building trust and rapport with potential clients, improving team efficiency, or building out your network, communication packs a major punch when it comes to creating true connections that can positively impact your career in ways you wouldn’t have expected.
The ability to form relationships is the foundation of business and leadership, and effective communication can be the catapult to elevate your professional trajectory.
Spending the time and energy developing your communication skills is something we all can benefit from, especially if you’re a rising professional. It’s a pretty sure bet that the best leaders have put in the hours perfecting their communicative craft.
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