Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

In the fall of 2010 I sat in press conference, taking notes on the hiring of new Mariners Manager Eric Wedge.  He made several great points about running a club and his style of managing but it was this comment that jumped off my page of notes – “I don’t see how anyone can been an effective manager or leader without good communication.”  Great point.

Leading Through Communication Here’s where business professionals sometimes miss the point:  Everyone has the capability to be a leader.   It’s easy to sit back and let bosses, managers or supervisors to take that roll.  But being a good leader is easier than you think.  It starts with communicating 1-on-1 without the aid of a keyboard.

Engaging in conversations with a single coworker allows you to get the ball rolling.  It allows you to build your rapport and your confidence level.  Your coworker will get a better sense of who you are and you will be developing your conversation skills that lead to more conversations.

Once you’ve developed the trust and earned respect of your colleagues it’s much easier to use those communication skills in other ways.  For example – coordinating projects, holding your team accountable during that project, setting deadlines, asking for outside assistance when needed.

All of these elements fit under the umbrella of good leadership skills.  And when you take the lead in this way, you will be more productive, your team will work more efficiently and the “leaders” higher up in the company will notice your good work.

Sounds like a win-win for you and everyone around you.


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