How writing can make you a better leader by Diana Adjadj pixabay. A great leader is not only a good speaker, but also a good writer. There is more to motivational talks than just the spoken word. John Hall, cofounder and president of Calendar (a time and scheduling app), believes consistent writing can help a leader by:
- Improve your self-esteem
Great leaders know themselves. Engage in self-discovery at every opportunity. Writing can help you discover your true self. It can be very insightful to read the thoughts you write as they fill the page.
- Making you more organized
Steve Harvey, media mogul, motivational speaker and comedian, says that you must write your vision and make it clear. Writing is the key to creating your future. Write down what you want to achieve every night before going to bed. You can set your course for what you want to do. You will be more prepared for the next day. You will be able to see your vision and be ready for the next day.
- Communication skills enhancement
Leaders use stories as a way to motivate their team. It is important to get people behind your ideas. Writing allows you to clearly define the best way to communicate your message. Writing and then reading through your words aloud to yourself in advance can help you identify the strengths and weaknesses in your stories. Your communication will be more clear and powerful.
- Helping you become more disciplined
You will improve your writing skills the more you write. Writing every day is a way to be more disciplined. You might set a word count or a time limit. You are creating a good habit. One good habit can lead to many others. You are convinced that writing is a great way to lead. You are now wondering what to do and how to start.
- Your thoughts can be turned into content
You want to write but don’t know what topic to write about. There is no need to worry about how you will write for a particular event. What are you thinking? Your thoughts are great content. Write down your thoughts about a new policy for work from home. What are your concerns about succession planning? Write them down.
- Write with precision and accuracy
Your tone is important. Are you enthusiastic about your topic? Are you worried? Puzzled? Do you feel confused? Make sure you check your grammar and spelling. You should not just express your thoughts on a topic. Make sure you do your research and cite your sources.
- Express your thoughts clearly
You must be understood by others if you want to motivate and rally your team. Good expression requires simplicity. The simpler the story, the better. Simpler language is better. Avoid using long, difficult words. Clarity is key to writing well. This will help you when you write pitches, emails, or make presentations. This will help you avoid or minimize misunderstandings.
- Work on your openness
Be open. Your honesty will impress others. Do not pretend to be someone you are not. Writing is a powerful tool. Learn how to use this tool. This will make you a stronger leader and more sought-after. Author Bio: Diana Adjadj worked as a marketing consultant at Specific Appraisals for more than 2 years. She now shares her experiences and practical tips on her blog. Diana is also a friend of Studicus, where she shares her notes and does some editing.