Not all good communicators can lead, but all good leaders can communicate.
Of all the skills of leaders (by which they are identified), communication is universally considered the most important.
After conducting research by the Wall Street Journal, it has been shown that the most sought after skill set in a leader is effective communication.
Differentl workers from distinct organizations felt that, despite finding candidates with all the skills they needed (accounting, engineering, finance, etc.), they were stuck with the problem that not everyone was able to communicate clearly and effectively. Many claimed to have good communication skills, however, this was not always the case.
Effectively, the six communication skills necessary for good leadership are: a) writing skills; b) verbal ability; c) good presentation; d) non-verbal ability; e) intercultural communication; f) listening skills.
The six communication skills mentioned are accompanied by essential characteristics, such as: a) awareness; b) clarity; c) simplicity; d) authority; e) relevance; f) credibility.
Nevertheless, these characteristics may not always be present and may be compromised due to: a) distraction; b) emotion; c) prejudice; d) linguistic differences; e) discrepancies; f) inattention.
Thus, for the communication skills to be effective in leaders, it is essential to have focus, objectivity, open mind, articulation capacity, ability to analyze facts and concentration, on their part.
Original article: The Six Leadership Communication Skills