I am professional speaker and after my speeches, people often share stories about their leaders: both the good and the bad. At a recent keynote, I was surprised at the number of positive stories people were telling me about thier CEO. They built a picture of a leader who had led an amazing turnaround in culture and performance.

Few people admit to poor communication habits—much less habits that can cost them a promotion, a job, or a deal. Yet we’ve all seen the following bad habits in colleagues from time to time—and for some, they occur on a daily basis.  Guard against letting these creep into your own interactions with staff, peers, or partners:

10 Poor Leadership Communication Habits

1. Abrupt Topic Changes

Jason, an executive client, shared his new year’s goal with me:  “I want to become a more inspiring speaker so that my employees really catch the vision for this upcoming year and get engaged.”

the ceo magazine, team management,
Ed Muzio, CEO of Group Harmonics

You’ve got the title, the corner office and the perks. But most of all, you’ve got a realistic picture of the job: to be an executive or senior leader is to be the person with whom the buck stops. Small, isolated problems arise and are solved all over the place, but when things go systemically wrong with customers, suppliers, employees or shareholders, you’re on the hook. You take that responsibility seriously and do your best to run an organization that acts intelligently and proactively in the best interest of those stakeholders -- to steer your ship to the deepest, clearest waters.

the ceo magazine, meetings,
Elise Keith, Co-founder, Lucid Meetings & Author, Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization

There is one activity in every company that:

  • Impacts every employee,
  • Consumes 30% of employees’ time on average, and up to 80% of an executives’ day,
  • Drives the success or failure of all collaborative work.

This is an enormous investment. And yet, most companies provide zero training and have no systems in place to ensure a return on all this time.

Yes, it’s meetings.

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