Leadership Through Communication
Being a construction business leader makes it incumbent on you to practice excellent communication. It is that simple – and that hard.
Note: What follows isn’t a “how-to” concerning communicating better; rather, it is a “call-to” about communicating better.
Competent communication is about more than the bottom line. Indeed, it is one of the best tools for giving leaders of construction businesses the ability to:
Rally the team around a shared vision
Work through organizational changes
Secure the confidence of clients or general contractors
Establish healthy connections with supply and materials providers
Build “same page” associations with service providers
Develop accord with fellow leaders
Increase the value of personal relationships
Inherent in each aspect of the above list is the ability to build two-way trust. Talking it through, discussing important matters, articulating vital information, and listening well are all part of the communication process.
When first thinking of communicating, it is common to jump immediately to the idea of knowing what to say and when to say it. And those are good ideas. But more importantly, the central concept involved in communication is it can’t be a one-way street. Accurate communication only happens when someone is listening.
This article from the Harvard Business Review, What Great Listeners Actually Do, is an excellent introduction to the idea of listening well. Some of the concepts may surprise you.
“To answer before listening – that is folly and shame.” – Proverbs 18:13
Speaking with those around you is a vital part of communicating. But that is only part of the picture. The other methods employed in communicating well may include:
Company Notice Board
Messaging Apps (such as Slack, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp)
Handwritten Notes or Letters
Yes, everything written, pictured, recorded, or displayed gives you another opportunity to communicate.
Whether through one-on-one conversations, in large or small meetings, or in written correspondence, clear ideas, concepts, instructions, or directions increase connectivity, cooperation, and (yes) further communication.
“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” – Mark Twain
In what ways do you already communicate well? Which areas of communication do you need to improve? What steps will you take to increase your communication skills?
Construction Contractors look to The Profit Constructors to provide advocacy in dealing with:
Clients and customers
Employees and subcontractors
Vendors and service providers
Working with The Profit Constructors gives Construction Contractors the means to organize their operations in ways that help them:
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