Practice Strategy Tip: Communication and Connection with Team Members

Healthy and effective communication from leadership requires connection – with inclusion, recognition, clear directions, meaningful interaction and feedback at the core.

Leaders build a sense of connection among their teams and show appreciation by using phrases such as:

  1. Here is what I appreciate about you and your contribution
  2. Thank you (said both publicly and privately)
  3. What do you think?
  4. What can I do to make you successful today?
  5. Here is what is happening and what you can expect
  6. I have feedback for you
  7. Let me tell you about something I learned the hard way

Using these phrases can build a sense a belonging and connection that team members want in their careers. Leaders who recognize this need and connect with their teams will have a better chance at success in building healthy and sought after workplaces.