A leader needs to understand how to write well. Even if they hire assistants to write the majority of their work for them, leaders are constantly communicating with those around them and often times these communications occur through writing. Effective communication is key when aiming to improve the productivity of a team. The way that a person writes, even though it may seem to go unnoticed, also says a lot about them. For leaders who struggle with writing, or even leaders who just want to improve their skills, there are many methods that they can utilize to get better at writing.
Keep it Simple
The first thing that a leader can do to improve their writing is to keep their writing simple. Technical jargon should be avoided when it isn’t necessary. Over-complicating simple messages not only creates confusion for those who are reading the communications but also makes it difficult to convey a message to a reader.
Get to the Point
In line with the strategy of keeping it simple, a leader should be direct in their writing. A direct message prevents readers from losing focus and misinterpreting the point that a leader is trying to make. An effective writer is able to communicate a message to their reader without having to write much about the subject.
No writing should ever be submitted without being proofread. Proofreading allows a writer to preemptively correct mistakes that they may have made in their writing. Additionally, proofreading allows a writer to determine if what they are saying will make sense to another reader.
Continue to Write
As a leader writes more they will begin to develop the skills that they need and begin to learn from their past mistakes. Practice is very important when learning how to write properly. Consistent practice will help a leader to correct the common mistakes that they make when they are writing. Leaders who want to improve their writing should also do their best to read from people who write well. Learning from others will allow a leader to understand how their writing differs from the style of writing that they would like to adapt. By learning about how they want to write, leaders can then blend the newly-learned style into their own writing.