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Friday’s Big Eight # 1: Communication Skills

March 18, 2016

SDS presentation-creationI’ve asked this question hundreds of times, “If you can’t communicate, how can you lead?”  This is also the name of my flagship coaching program, which focuses on leadership communication skills for managing relationships, results, change and decisions.   While credibility is certainly a leader’s greatest asset, communication skill is his or her greatest ally.   More specifically, and in line with the theory of leadership I embrace, it is your verbal skill that sets you apart from others and allows you to pass on knowledge, information and wisdom to your followers and those you mentor.

So much of what you do as a leader is carried out through verbal ability – directing, inspiring, supporting, informing, correcting,  you name it.  In these high tech times, of course, it’s also important that you be able to express yourself effectively through virtual means of email, texting, blogging etc.

If you communicate well in a variety of settings or through various means people are more likely to perceive you as a competent or capable leader.  Those settings include one-on-one, small intimate groups, the board room, small conference or the larger stage.  In addition, written skills for documents and virtual communication are essential for you to be heard and understood.

Communication is # 1 in Friday’s Big Eight  

Rich Drinon, M.A. has conducted thousands of leadership communication skills coaching and training programs for hundreds of executives and management teams throughout the U.S. and Canada over the past 29 years.  For more info on Rich’s coaching programs for individual executives and management teams visit Drinon and Associates .              

 

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