I recently worked a contract job where the company hosted a Toastmasters International Group. Advertisements around the complex emphasized the relationship between effective communication and leadership skills.
The site has some great information available, and I personally know several peers who have used the organization to gain effective communication skills and leadership skills. A good friend of mine had some really bad public speaking fears that she was able to begin to overcome through her participation in the group.
Several thoughts come to mind for me on how closely leadership is tied to effective communications skills:
- Effective communicators tend to be promoted. Most jobs you see a standard requirement for both oral and written communication. Standing out in your abilities to communicate can set you apart from the pack.
- Leaders need effective communication skills. When you are in a leadership position, effective communicating can impact the team participation. Clearly communication mission, values, goals, and feedback can make the difference between success and failure.
- Effectively communicating leaders are easier to follow. Wherever you are in the team building process, your effective communication skills can aide you in coaching and motivating team members, as well as resolving conflicts.
Effective communication skills can help you develop the leadership skills you need to win. Learning the Four Sisters Groove is a step towards improving your effective communication skills.