While it is easy to communicate in times of need, it can be very difficult to communicate when things are changing rather precariously.
As the leader you are expected to be strong and take the entire workforce out of the situation with ease but we all know it is easier said than done. Changes, big or small, can be daunting for any leader. When more people are involved, the change seems even more complicated. Preparing for such changes is a sensible thing to do but there’s only so much you can do on that front. How the situation pans out and how you handle it cannot be predetermined. It is during these times that your leadership is truly tested and it is during such testing situations that communication skills come handy.
Communication is much more than just talking. It is the art of understanding and making people understand what you are saying, which is much more complicated than it seems to be. Different situations call for different means of communication because during change, each person involved has a different perspective and a different idea. You cannot expect everyone to be on board. However, you are expected to lead each and everyone no matter what the thinking may be.
One of the best ways to win over your employees in such situations is to be open about what you feel. Surely, you are intimidated by what’s going to come and you probably are not even sure of what you’d like to do. You are not perfect and you don’t need to be. You just have to communicate with your employees that you need their help. Showing vulnerability at tumultuous times can be very effective because such admittance makes you approachable. Employees will feel at ease to come up with ideas and opinions about the situations. They will be more confident and they will work with you as a team.
Thus, whether it is the costs that are bothering you or the structuring process, whether you are not able to concentrate or whether you just want more ideas, you just have to ask. The words, “I need help” will not demean your position as the leader. They will appreciate your move.
Asking for help doesn’t make you any less of a leader. It actually helps your case because you will be more approachable and your employees will be more confident while putting forward their ideas.