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Communication has an important role in the overall success of the Everyday Leader.

Today we three key reasons why effective communication helps the Everyday Leader avoid difficulty and confusion in everday life.

  1. Avoid Inaccurate Assumptions

Most of us have a tendency to listen to something another person says or does and then interpret it in the way that makes the most sense to us personally. The same gesture or remark can then be translated a seemingly infinite number of ways, all but one of them being wrong.

Instead of assuming what someone is trying to convey, an Everyday Leader takes the guesswork out of the situation. Something as simple as asking the other person to clarify something or explaining to them how you interpreted what they said and allowing them to confirm or deny your interpretation can save so much headache.

  • Prevent Unnecessary Conflict

When traced back to the source, almost all conflicts between people or groups of people can be attributed to a lack of communication. When one or both parties involved are unable to voice their feelings and, more importantly, listen to the feelings of others, the situation at hand often escalates and becomes an unnecessarily large issue.

On the contrary, if an Everyday Leader can recognize and take appropriate action at the first sign of tension between people, there is a greater likelihood of finding a middle ground between parties. This results in an outcome that is more beneficial and less exhausting for everyone involved.

  • Resolve Conflict Quicker & More Effectively

Once a conflict flares, an Everyday Leader employs effective communication to decrease both the length and severity of the situation. In some cases, tempers and emotions have flared to where it is impossible for communication to resolve the situation and the best course of action is to apply communication in a calm way that encourages a cooling off period.

This is why it’s important to analyze the conflict in an objective manner.  If you are one of the involved parties, put aside your personal ego and any sense of anger or discontent. When you can do this and communicate in a calm and empathetic manner, you’ll be surprised how quickly the other party will do the same.