As leaders we spend a lot of time communicating with others, whether we are trying to convey information, persuade others to support our position, or tell others about a decision we have made. We communicate with the members of our team, peers, more senior leaders, customers and stakeholders. Effective communication is vital to ensuring that everyone on our team fulfills their role and accomplishes their part of the mission in conjunction with all the other members of the team. Even the most skilled communicators run up against communication barriers when they speak with other people. What makes these leaders such effective communicators is that they recognize these barriers exist and find ways to break them down. Perhaps an even bigger challenge is to notice when these barriers exist inside ourselves and prevent us from fully understand what others are trying to communicate to us. Without the ability to recognize these communication barriers we run the risk of others misunderstanding what we are trying to communicate to them, or we may miss critical information or context that others are trying to communicate to us.
There are many barriers to communication and in this week’s video, Jason talks about a several of the most common barriers that we might encounter in our day-to-day interactions with others. He’ll discuss each of the following communication barriers in detail as well as how they come to occur in our daily communications:
- Power Dynamics
- Beliefs and Values
- State of Mind
Jason also talks about the challenges of recognizing some of these barriers within ourselves and others, as well as practical steps we can take to overcome each of these communication barriers when they arise. Learning to identify communication barriers in ourselves and others can help us become master communicators that use our skills to lead others to achieve highly successful outcomes and accomplish our missions.