CyberSecurity Leadership Communication Competence

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CyberSecurity Leadership Communication Competence

  1. 1. Effective Communication is the ability to effectively transmit and receive information and knowledge clearly. The capability to communicate effectively with employee, service provider and external parties by considering their points of view in order to respond appropriately. This competency includes using tact, diplomacy, respect, openness and honesty in all communications as well as the ability to convey ideas and information in a way that brings understanding to the target audience. Progression: The type of communication will vary based on the topic and its sensitivity. 1. Communicates well and pays attention to the communication of others • The Leader is open to others ideas: pays attention to the communication of others (individuals or groups) • Actively listens to people and asks probing questions to gain a broader understanding of the issue or question at hand • Listens attentively to others and encourages others to express their own views 2. Interactive Communication requires verification and validation to assure understanding and invites feedback from others • Seeks to ensure that factual messages are clearly understood and useful • Correctly interprets non-verbal clues • Is open and receptive, and responds in ways that communicate clear understanding • Clearly presents information or provides explanations so that it is easily understood • Is careful to remain honest and factual in providing information to various sources to avoid negative repercussions • Respects others’ communication styles and approaches 3. Adapts language to the audience • Clarifies complex concepts/proposals in terms that are appropriate for the audience • Adapts style, mode and tone based on the audience/client reactions and the issues being addressed • Understands the sensitivities surrounding different individuals and adapts language, tone, style and content of communications appropriately • Responds appropriately to on-the-spot questions even when specific responses have not been crafted beforehand 4. Communicates for maximum results • Understands the underlying needs, interests, issues and motivations of others • Interprets complex and possibly contradictory or competing signals/messages • Optimizes communications to achieve desired results • Considers the purpose of communications as well as other key factors in deciding what to communicate and how to deliver the message This information has been shared freely by Mark E.S. Bernard. If you find it useful please acknowledge this contribution. If you would like additional information or assistance with the customization and implementation of a balanced risk management process for your security program then please contact Mark @ 604-349-6557 or mesbernard@gmail.com Page 1 of 1

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