We all think about how we can become a better leader from time to time. Whether you’re managing a football team or running your own business, it can be difficult to maintain your current role while trying to improve on your skills, something you’ll need to do every time the opportunity arises.
In fact, as an individual who’s 50+, you have far more life experience than people who are younger than you and you can use this to your advantage.
However, have you ever considered how improving something as common and as straightforward as the way you write could be used to make you a better leader? Well, if you’ve never thought of it before, now you can, so let’s jump straight in!
Communicating with consistency
Consider how you speak to someone in your team when you’re speaking to them face to face. What sort of language do you use? What kind of voice do you use? Are you formal or informal?
Are you strict or fairly relaxed? Now consider how you may sound when someone is reading something you have a written.
This could be a text, an email or even a written report. No matter what your readers are reading, you need to make sure that your tone of voice is consistent across the board. This is a much more professional way to communicate with your team.
Cut to the chase
When it comes to talking your team, or even your customers, nobody wants to sit and read content that goes on and on without purpose before finally getting to the point. Why not cut out the fluff and jump straight to the purpose of your message.
“As a leader, this precision is an inspirational way to communicate, and it helps to get things done, increases productivity and motivates the team, telling them all that you’re in a ‘go, go, go’ work mode,” says Jennifer Davis, a business writer for Best British Essays.
Consider your reader
Whenever you write something, you need to be sure that you’re writing for the person that’s going to read it. After all, writing content or a message to a 70-year-old customer of yours is going to be a lot different to writing to a 20-year -old graphic designer in your team.
Customise your personal style so the reader will connect with your written content perfectly and how you intend them too.
Use tools to better your writing
You’re not alone when it comes to improving your writing skills. There is a tonne of online services out there that can help you to improve your knowledge while you learn. Here’s a few to get you started.
For example, there are a lot of sites that put you in touch with qualified writers. They can help you craft better communications, or review what you’ve already written in order to improve your clarity. These sites include PaperFellows and Assignment Service.
If you don’t want to talk a professional but could still use some advice, there’s lots of professionally written guides out there if you know where to look for them. AcademAdvisor, for example, has a lot of examples of common grammar issues and how you can amend them in your writing. UKTopWriters, on the other hand, is packed full of writing guides. You can, for example, find guides on style, etymology, and more. Essay Service is worth going to for guides to download as well. The Huffington Post has recommended academic writing sites such as this, as they’re staffed with expert writers who’ve created guides to assist all kinds of writers.
Finally, there’s a large array of specific tools that can help you automate a job you’d otherwise have to do manually. My Writing Way, for example, gives you the correct citation for any source you’re using, which helps you stay professional in all communications. There’s also WritingPopulist, which will give you an accurate word count of your writing. It’s very helpful if you’re looking to keep your writing shirt and to the point. Grammarix is a free grammar checker.
Avoid mistakes at all costs
Hand in hand with many of the points mentioned above, you’ll want to avoid mistakes in anything you write at all costs. This is because you’re supposed to be a leader in your industry or of your company, and any mistakes are simply unprofessional.
Typically, it doesn’t really matter if one or two words are spelt wrong, but the risk of this turning into a big problem is so easy to make. You could make an entire sentence impossible to read which is going to cause the reader frustration.
In a worst-case scenario, you may even write something by accident that actually offends somebody. As a leader, this could seriously damage your reputation and your credibility, so it needs to be avoided at all costs.
Practice makes perfect
As with any skill, sport, art or hobby, it’s vital that you remember better writing skills won’t just come overnight, you’ll need to keep practising and perfecting your talent so you can be the best leader you can be.