Communication and Leadership in the Workplace

Women have unique leadership qualities that are highly valued in today’s workplace. There is great potential for advancement and leadership roles in your career if you are able to effectively communicate to your colleagues.

Traditional leadership has been characterized as task-focused, involving skills that focus on tracking and monitoring.  Modern leadership, or transformational leadership, requires leadership building, innovation, and change management.  Transformational leadership requires communication skills that can be potential strengths for women.

Transformational leaders are:

  • Collaborative and Inclusive

Transformational leaders need to build trusting relationships.  Being collaborative and inclusive involves working effectively with colleagues to maximize their strengths, unique skills and talent.

  • Strategic Thinkers

This type of leadership requires individuals to “see beyond what is in front of them.” They make strategic decisions that allow for future growth and development. Many women have had to overcome barriers to move into their leadership role, which requires them to develop strategic and forward thinking approaches to their work.

  • Adaptive to Change

Transformational leaders are flexible and adaptive to changing work environments, relationships and other factors.  The ability to adapt to changing circumstances allows leaders to create solutions that address complex situations.

Effective Communication Techniques

Effective communications techniques allow you to share your knowledge, garner support and work effectively with your colleagues.  Here are a few effective communication techniques that can help you to advance your leadership skills:

  • Do your research

It is important that you are able to support your knowledge with examples and facts.  Ensure that you research topics in advance so that you are able to make informed decisions based on both your opinion as well as evidence

  • Engage your Colleagues

It is important to communicate in a confident and engaging manner to garner support for your position.  You should be approachable and attentive, asking questions to lead the conversation and to encourage colleagues to share their perspective.

  • Use small talk to initiate conversations

A great way to start a conversation is by using small talk. Small talk is an easy way to get to know someone and will help you to build a solid working relationship. It is also important to ask others for their opinions on work related items, it keeps them involved in the decision making process.  

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