Leadership Communication: Getting Beyond the Basics

Leadership Communication: Getting Beyond the Basics

Look at any job description for leaders at any level and there it is under essential qualifications: excellent communication skills. Recent leadership literature suggests there’s more to it than being a good listener and an articulate speaker.

I scan or read a fair number of leadership publications and blogs. Hardly a week passes in which I will not encounter a title like this or some variation on it: “The Most Important Skill Every Leader Needs.” Invariably the author will focus on some essential leadership quality that is fairly well known as a skill leaders need to have. Sometimes it’s trust, transparency, or integrity. It might be the importance of having a clear vision or establishing a particular culture. But the one leadership skill that comes up time and time again, perhaps more than the others combined, is communication.

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