Thursday's Thoughts on Leadership: Biblical Lessons on Communication

Good communication is one of the most important qualities an excellent leader should have. How good are you at making your message compelling enough to get people to act? Without this ability, it’s hard to command a group, get others to back your ideas and move forward with your team. Becoming a great communicator is not hard, but it does take a bit of work, time and patience. Consider the great lessons we can learn from Lorin Woolfe’s Leadership Secrets from the Bible as you work on perfecting your communication skills:

  1. To motivate others to reach your goals, you must constantly communicate your message.
  2. Use a variety of communication methods. Don’t neglect the power of face-to-face communication; it’s a time-honored method often missing in today’s barrage of impersonal electronic messages.
  3. Effective leaders are equally comfortable communicating to individuals, small groups, and large gatherings, customizing their approaches for each audience.
  4. Repetition is an important tool, but use varying words and media so your message doesn’t become stale.
  5. Share information; people will probably find out anyway, but from a less desirable source.
  6. Use language, images, and metaphors that hit your audience at “gut level.
  7. Listen carefully to people and show them you’ve heard them by responding verbally or taking action.
  8. Acknowledge bad news and thank those “prophets” who have had the courage to deliver it to you.
  9. You do not have to be a naturally gifted speaker. Communication skills can be learned.
  10. Jack Welch stuttered as a child, and Moses was “slow of tongue.”