"If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter," Gilbert Amelio, former CEO of National Semiconductor and Apple Computer, once said.
In a Right Management Consultants survey of 133 organizations, 40% of managers and executives were found to exhibit strong leadership characteristics. However, of that 40%, fully one-third lacked the communication skills to effectively manage employees. In the business world, an effective leader needs to be a strong communicator. It is not enough to have vision; you must be able to communicate that vision to your employees.
Not surprisingly, effective communication skills topped the list of traits considered most valuable in a manager. In order of greatest importance, the following are the skills companies seek in a successful manager:
- 47% Good communication skills
- 44% Sense of vision
- 32% Honesty
- 31% Decisiveness
- 26% Favorable workplace relationships
- 23% Intelligence
- 22% Creativity
- 21% Attention to detail
When you consider the best managers that you have known how do they measure on this list. The ability to lead is tied very closely to the ability to communicate and the ability to motivate others.