An effective leader works consistently to become a better communicator. The constant restatement of goals is critical to effective communication. Read Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:1-6.
Adam was the first spiritual leader. In 2:16-17, before Eve was on the scene, God told Adam, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” As God’s leader, one of Adam’s assignments was to insure Eve knew the boundaries God had established before she was with him.
In Genesis 3:2-3, after the serpent had asked Eve if any of the garden’s fruit was off limits, Eve answered “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘you shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'” (NKJ) Eve’s statements to the serpent and God’s command to Adam are different. Either Eve took creative license with what Adam had said or Adam delivered faulty information. Regardless of who took license, it falls to the leader to insure communication is accurate and fully understood.
Here are just a few of the areas Adam’s leadership broke down:
- Some of the details of God’s message were misunderstood or changed and Adam did not correct the error. Effective leaders listen to words and watch actions to insure their team is functioning under the established guidelines.
- In verse 3:6, Adam allowed Eve’s voice to influence him more than God’s voice. Godly leaders are keenly aware when the voices around them drift from God’s Word.
- Adam failed to hold himself accountable for the miscommunication. Rather than correct the issue quickly, he became part of the problem. Effective leaders regularly evaluate accomplishments against known objectives.
- Adam forgot what God said about the consequences of disobedience. Effective leaders are keenly aware of the consequences and rewards of any project.
- Adam did not take responsibility for the faulty communication. Wise leaders understand that a problem needs to be acknowledged before it can be fixed.
Effective leaders take responsibility for communication to their team.
In what areas are you allowing your team to go with the flow because of unclear expectations or unstated outcomes? What is your plan for the constant restatement of goals to your team?
Original Title: Are you communicating effectively with your team? (66-1)