A new Interact/Harris poll conducted with 1,000 workers is giving leaders something to think about in regard to their communication. According to the survey, the top 9 communication issues that prevent effective leadership are:
1. Not recognizing employee achievements
2. Not giving clear directions
3. Not having time to meet with employees
4. Refusing to talk to subordinates
5. Taking credit for others' ideas
6. Not offering constructive criticism
7. Not knowing employees' names
8. Refusing to talk to people on the phone/in person
9. Not asking about employees' lives outside work.
Not sure what you struggle with as a leader, but I am terrible with names and asking about life outside work.
If you want to read more about the study and get some advice about conquering some of these challenges, check out this great article on Harvard Business Review.