In the words of Colin Powell, “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” If you’re in a leadership role, this is an important point to take in.

Leaders are visionaries who are responsible for communicating and inspiring others to make their vision a reality. Communication about the vision is as important as the vision itself, especially early on. Good leaders talk to their people in language they understand. Language that is free of jargon and technical-speak.

Good leaders anticipate opposition and prepare persuasive arguments that bring people on board. Their way of explaining things is simple; they use terms their team can relate to, and demonstrate empathy for those who struggle with change. Correctly communicating your vision reduces doubt and debate and provides clarity for stakeholders.