Authentic Dialogue

Authentic Dialogue is a form of communication that requires talking with other people, not at or to them. It needs both openness for closeness, but also the component of distance for thought and reflection. Honesty and gentleness are critical. For these reasons, Authentic Dialogue can be risky and difficult because it means moving from silence to discussion, doing so in an understanding and appropriate manner.

First and foremost, you must know yourself by understanding your strengths and weaknesses and how these individual qualities affect others. Then, allow yourself to be known. Let people in! Do this by being honest with others about your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and needs. Take time to explore similarities and differences - things that make us all individuals. Then, when you encounter tough places, stay there even though you want to run or avoid those challenges. Ask questions for further clarification and understanding. Do not assume or presume. Try to share your thoughts and ideas and at the same time listen to the other person's point of view. By doing this, your communications will be more effective in producing results beneficial for all.

Tips for Effective Communication

  • Listen Carefully & Think Before Speaking
  • Affirm the Positive
  • Use Good Timing
  • Consider Other's Needs
  • Use "I" Messages
  • Speak Clearly & Specifically
  • Be Open-Minded
  • Encourage Others to Communicate with You
  • Respond Positively to Constructive Criticism

Communicate Across Style

Knowing your personality or leadership style can improve your communication. Try taking the True Colors assessment to better understand your style and then check out resources specific to .