The Importance Of Communication And Effective Leadership

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Good communication and effective leadership are two traits that can influence the growth and success of businesses and organizations. A company with great communicators can be the driving force of the business. These skills are important in management roles as well as non-management roles because managers and non-managers interact with people outside of the company. All employees are a representation of the business that he or she works for. George Bernard Shaw said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place” (Shaw). It is imperative that leaders and inspiring leaders prove good communication skills rather than assuming that he or she has good communication skills. The purpose of this paper is to inform readers that business experts can fail without effective leadership and communication skills; however, leadership and communication skills can be natural or learned. In September 2011, Hewlett Packard’s CEO, Leo Apotheker was fired and replaced within a year of being hired. The quick involuntary separation from the company came as a shock to many people. Apotheker was an experienced business executive with much knowledge. Hewlett Packard’s Chairman, Ray Lane stated, “the problem with Apotheker wasn't lack of vision as much as a lack of execution and communication” (Goldman, 2011). Lack of communication was one thing that caused Apotheker to lose out what could have eventually turned into a successful career with Hewlett Packard. Within the same month that Apotheker separated from the company, former CEO of eBay, Meg Whitman replaced Apotheker. Both Whitman and Apotheker have the expertise that any CEO should have, and both are very bright business executives. However, there was one t... ... middle of paper ... ...e giving class presentations. Moses was a follower of God who doubted his communication skills as well. Exodus 4:10-12 illustrates God informing Moses that He would direct his tongue and provide the words to say. It reads, “But Moses said to the LORD, Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue. Then the LORD said to him, who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” (ESV). We are on a mission for God. We are to be disciples and work for the glory of God. Effective leadership and communication can help us to complete our purpose of glorifying God in all aspects of life-in the classroom, in the mission fields and even at the workplace.
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