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September 8 2016
GY Jeon

ife gets exceedingly more complicated


when you need to actively
communicate with your subordinates
and make the most beneficial choices. Its tough,
it really is. But remember, a multitude of leaders
are struggling with the same problem as you.
They want to maintain their high status and be
respected by their juniors; therefore, they tend to
be cautious and hesitant in communication.
Moreover, the heads do not know how to interact
with the subordinates which often brings
disadvantageous results. Shooting The
Elephant by George Orwell is an example of
ineffective communication leading to
detrimentality. The protagonist of this story, the
narrator, is an officer in Burma, the colony of
England. One day, he received a report of an
elephants rampage in the village. The animal
destroyed the natives houses and killed an
Indian man by trampling him trampling him. The
Burmese people and the officer headed towards
the field where the elephant was resting. The
protagonist realized he didn't want to harm the
elephant because of its apparent docile and
peaceful nature. Since he was carrying a rifle
and was the leader in this situation, it was his

responsibility to make the decision. However, he


was in a predicament since his moral polarized
with those of his juniors: the people wished him
to shoot the elephant, primarily for meat, though
he did not want to. At this point, a lack of
communication between them caused a problem.
As the officer wanted to avoid looking a fool,
he acted boldly and did not enunciate his opinion
to the locals. As a result, none of the Burmese
understood his hesitation and reluctance in
killing the animal. Unaware of his unstable state
of mind, they pressured him to shoot the
elephant. This eventually led him to do against
his better judgment. Witnessing the elephants
slow and painful death, he felt tremendous
anguish. If he had expressed his doubt about the
necessity of its death and had enough
conversation with the people, he could have
convinced them to wait for the owner of the
elephant, and impeded its demise. The lack of
communication caused by the officers fear,
resulting in the death of an animal portrays the
significance of choice and communication.
Moreover, the communicational incompetence of
the protagonist also depicts the dilemma with
which leaders are frequently confronted.

n order to overcome the weakness, leaders


need
to
know
the
essentials
of
communication: delivering your intention
adroitly and making wise decisions. Now, question
yourself, how can you communicate effectively with
your juniors in order to make better choices? Here is
a list of advice to help you reach your true leadership
potential:

1. Speak clearly and briefly


Do not waste time by using meaningless fillers
or extensive anecdotes. This will make your the
audience lose their focus or fall asleep. They are
not interested in hearing your life story. Organize
your thoughts and articulate what you want from
your subordinates distinctly, focusing on what
matters and paring what doesn't.

2. Back up your ideas with logical


evidences
Do not exaggerate, but give the facts. The more
information you have, the easier it is to persuade
the audience. Logos is by nature convincing.
Moreover, the better you know your topic, there
are less chances of miscommunication. This will
immensely help to increase your credibility and
convince your subordinates.

3. Have a calm attitude and a clear head.


It is important to exhibit a confident attitude
towards your juniors. If the Captain falters in a
storm, the entire ship questions itself and falls
head-first into turbulent waters. Believe in
yourself, and make your own confidence
palpable. Your audience will immediately trust
you.
4. Speak positively
Avoid negativity, looking down upon, or slandering
your juniors. This is the fundamental key in
preventing
miscommunication
since
people
automatically tune out your message if it comes
slandered with abuse. If your subordinates feel
respected, they will listen to you. Positive language
also encourages them to share their opinions and
ideas more actively. This will take make you, as a
professional communicator more effective, powerful,
and
convincing.

5. Listen to others

In order to make the best choices, listening to your


juniors opinions is crucial. A broad spectrum of
advice will help you gain insight on more than just
your own ideas.


Effective communication and decisionmaking skills are essential for an organization
that wants to thrive and achieve its goal.
Having a huge chasm between the superiors
and the subordinates will hamper progression
of your business and bring out detrimental
outcomes.

Once you follow the steps listed above and


maintain mutual respect, you will see the
best results from your juniors and yourself.
Do not fear interacting with your juniors. It
will certainly help you to make a better
choice and improve your relationship with
them. The more you communicate them, the
more they respect you.