Communication is key
Communication is key if you want to succeed in anything in life. Our relationships and the way we communicate with others helps us to make the important connections we need to get ahead in the workplace and build a satisfying personal life.
While it’s easy to assume you’ve mastered the art of communication. The truth is that most people are actually not that great at it. At the root of almost every problem is our inability to communicate properly and understand each other. When it comes to the modern workplace, these communication issues often come up between men and women. These can cause tension and conflict or even discourage women from trying to advance in their careers. Let’s take a look at some of the ways men can work toward better communication with all the women they meet.
1. Men Can Learn How to Better Communicate with Women
Men often don’t understand how their words affect the women in their lives. Whether it’s in a relationship or in the office, it’s crucial that men learn to understand women. They must learn how to communicate effectively so they can empower women, rather than make them feel inferior.
We need to close the gender gap in the workforce, and these inequalities can be improved when men try to understand how women operate. Learning to connect better with women in every aspect of life will not only help empower women in the workplace, but it will also help men become more effective and build stronger relationships. The first step in this learning process is to remember that women are humans. Men who want to become better communicators need to start by listening and asking questions. Really get to know what works for women, rather than making assumptions.
2. Let Go of Your Ego – Women Can Excel Over Men
A lot of men feel threatened when women start to excel in the workplace. Society is facing issues with gender discrimination and inequality, and it’s up to us to resolve these problems together. Men need to step up and be willing to share the spotlight with women. They need to confront their ego and acknowledge that women may have better skills and wisdom.
Data shows that women can excel in business when they have the opportunity. In fact, the numbers show that women-led companies perform twice as well and generate 60% more value for investors than companies led by men. Although men can be very successful, they are not always right, and thinking they have more power and skill can lead to conflicts and bias against women. It’s important for men to show up in more mature and intelligent ways, being conscious of when their egos try to get in the way.
3. Men and Women Do Communicate Differently
In order to communicate effectively with women, men need to understand the differences in how they communicate. Women tend to focus on building rapport and connection during conversations, while men prefer to get right to business and focus on tasks. There are many differences in body language, goals, and other communication styles that set men and women alike. Men should take the time to understand these differences in order to communicate effectively, but should also be careful not to stereotype—everyone is a little bit different.
4. Mediation Skills Can Help Men and Women Communicate Effectively
People generally don’t like conflict, and the inequalities and different communication styles can naturally lead to conflict between men and women. Instead of avoiding conflict, men and women can improve their mediation skills to help work through problems and communicate better. Although mediation is a conflict resolution process that involves a neutral third party, these skills can also be useful when two people are trying to work something out on their own.
5. Building Communication Skills Takes Time and Maturity
Both men and women need to work together to bridge the gender gap. Learning to communicate better is a process, and it takes time and maturity. However, it’s a worthwhile effort. It helps men and women feel respected and reach their full potential while creating more value within an organization. Who doesn’t love a win-win?
Andrew Deen has been a consultant for startups in almost every industry from retail to medical devices and everything in between. He is currently writing a book about scaling up business and his experience implementing lean methodology.