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Leader As Communicators

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Leader As Communicators 1. Introduction To be a leader in the years ahead, we must to be able to communicate. How well we do it will affect your success - in life and work; in our education, associations, family, and relationships. In the past, communications skills were not so consequential. But in the future, they will be an absolute prerequisite for success. Communication is the exchange of information and feelings that lead to mutual understanding. Thus it is more then talking at each other. Communication makes a bond or a connection between givers and receiver. Between different departments. Manager and staff. Customer and salesperson. Teacher and student. On half of communication is expression: speaking, writing, acting or performing, act. The other half is the receiving side: listing, reading, observing. Both bring ideas, feelings, and experience. 2. Why is communication so important? Communication is the lifeblood of today's society. It is vital to the well-being of our life and our projects, whatever those may be. We life in an information age. Most of our time is spent communicating - reading, writing, talking, listening. It's a vital part of almost every job. All students use it. All companies and organizations demand it. All relationships demand on it. Many people still take communications for granted, thinking, "I know how to talk and write. I learned that in grade school," or "It's not really important in my job." ...read more.


To be a leader-from-within, you have to know how to connect with your listeners. To understanding what they want, and to work together to create it. Another essential part of partnership is trust, or a sense of confidence in and connection with another person. This is based on integrity and caring. It comes from knowing yourself and understanding the other person. It is relationship developed through communication. Life is not about being a solitary individual. It is about relationship. How we get along together. How we help or hurt each other. And whether we make shared progress or try to self-made men or women. In anyone's success, there are others involved. 4. Why do we have trouble communicating? Good communication, like leadership, must come from within. It is rooted in knowing our values, clarifying our vision, and experiencing our passion. It comes form self-reflection, self-acceptance, and self-worth. This inner process must occur before a leader can truly express him-or herself to the outer world. Yet many of us are not comfortable with this "inner side" of communication. As an outwardly focused culture, we seldom take time to go inside and find out what matter to us. In addition, many of us have been taught that passion or expressing what we care about or want is "selfish" or self-centre. That valuing our vision and ideas lacks "humility" and speaking honestly or directly is "arrogant". ...read more.


* What makes you tick? To be a clear communicator, you need to be clear about who you are and what matters to you. Then share experiences that have been meaningful to you. Imagination comes from what you want to do. Will comes from what you believe you should do. * Thinking about how you - and other - like to be treated. It only makes sense: Treat people better and they will work better. 6.3 Speak about your vision and passion. When you communicate your values and what moves you, people feel it. They are attracted by it. It will lead to more commitment and loyalty within your relationships or organization. Express your vision and passion. But it is even more important to help people find their own. That is what they are really looking for. 6.4 Take a risk in your communication. * Listen to what people are saying. * Don't play it too safe. Reveal yourself. * Tell people what you want. * Get help. * Just do it. 7. Conclusion Don't worry about the money. It will come. Don't worry about reputation. It will come. Worry about the content of what you are presenting. That is everything. Reference 1. Gavin Lawrie, Linking Corporate and Individual Performance Management Systems, http://www.workinfo.com 2. Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration http://www.colorado.gov 3. Individual Performance Management, http://www1.worldbank.org 4. Hunghes & Ginnet & Curphy, Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience, 4th Edition, 2002, New York, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 5. Peter Urs Bender, Leadership from within, 1997, Toronto, Stoddart Publishing Co. Limited. 1 ...read more.

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