Essay on Leadership and Communication Skills

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Communication skills and leadership go hand in hand. In order to lead a group and influence their completion of specific goals, one must be capable of successfully communicating among ones peers. This is especially true in the healthcare industry. A leader who lacks effective communication skills is unable to maintain camaraderie between their staff, due to misunderstanding and ineffective communication. This results in failed goals. Leadership in the healthcare industry is vital not only to the organization, but also its staff, patients and visitors. According to early research, the process of leadership should encompass certain traits and behaviors. The seven traits that proved to be consistently associated with leadership are: Drive, …show more content…
It allows for the inspiration, organization, and implementation of a vision (Ginter, Duncan, & Swayne, 2013, p. 26). A company or organizational vision is that company’s framework for success. It allows all employees to see the “positive” in the future. It allows for camaraderie and for achievement. Being a good leader and a role model allows for inspirational motivation—a vision. An effective leader relies on feedback from their peers and does not become self-obsessed, but rather self-aware (Goleman, 2014). Jack Welch states “Nothing you do anymore as an individual matters except how you nurture and support your team and help its members increase their self-confidence” (Welch & Welch, 2013, para. 3). Having self knowledge and organizational knowledge are key characteristics of a quality leader. As General George Patton would say “Know what you know and know what you do not know” (Power, 2014), then act as JFK did during the Cuban Missile Crisis and leave the room. He knew his presence was intimidating as President and wanted to divert any stifling of ideas that would solve the Crisis so he literally vacated the room. He did so after dividing the large group of experts who had diverse knowledge bases and opinions about the matter, into smaller groups, eliminating the chance of groupthink (Sutton, 2014). Their self knowledge and organizational knowledge was spot on. Effective listening, verbal and nonverbal skills, trust, understanding,
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