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While I don't believe that a leader can be effective if their communication is vague, they need the ability to inspire with their communication.
For example, you could have a technical sole contributor who is promoted into a leadership position. They are able to convey what they'd like very precisely because of their technical or analytical background, but they may not get the best out of their team because they aren't articulating a compelling, inspiring vision which the team feels like rallying behind.
Thanks for participating in the debate, actually when I was writing this question I was thinking in Martin Luther King , you are right I should added also inspiring communication, I was not thinking only in communication at technical level nevertheless it also helps doing the job.
it is not necessary, being a good Leader needs other behavioral aspects too.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, obviously I don't agree with you it's clear that to be a good leader you need other behavioral aspects, however all starts in communication including verbal and non verbal communication or leading by example is also a form of communication.
Firstly, inspiring communication is not always clear and precise. Martin Luther King Jr's. famous speeches were filled with ambiguity, as are many other manifestos.
Secondly (assuming that the concept of management is distinct from the concept of leadership), managers also need to be good communicators.
To link the previous two points, clear communications is usually more valued by managers than by leaders.
Thank you for participating in the debat. So for you a manager is not a leader? PMI talent triangle emphasizes that a project manager should include 3 components for being an effective project manager and being leadership one of them.
I've stood in front of project management audiences many times and have asked the question is management different from leadership? How is it different? Rarely do people argue that they are identical concepts.
The talent triangle suggests that leadership and strategic management augment the technical aspects of project management. The background to the talent triangle is that major organizations say that, in addition to traditional PM concepts, an effective individual must be able to work with leadership concepts and strategy concepts.
For what it's worth, I think that too many people equate leadership with being a boss in some hierarchical organization. In Chapter 13 of, "How to Think Strategically," I explain that a person make a choice to step into the "leadership zone" where they put the needs of others ahead of their own comforts. While in the leadership zone they use influencing skills rather than management skills.
Thank you for clarifying your thoughts, certainly we will agree that being a manager or a leader, good communication is important to pass the message a should always be adapted to the audience.
Let us wear the hat of PMI and it mentioned a PM spent 90% ( I said SPENT rather than he is a power/excellent of communication).
It is good to pass the message to audience as you mentioned,but there are also skills to be balanced.
I prefer the followings SKILLS should be balanced:-
Interpersonal skills (soft skills about (17 skills))
also dealing with people (to be humble) and ..e.t.c.
All above skills are important for strong leadership.
One of the main reasons why Leadership is important is because groups of people (however individually capable they may be) are not able to move together and make an impact because the mission, vision, goals and plan to achieve the goals are not clearly laid down. The role of a leader is to fill this gap, and an important instrument he uses is the "Power of Communication". That having been said, Communication need not always be "inspiring" (in the sense of a battle cry), sometimes routine, simple yet clear communication from the leadership is also the need of the hour. Overall, I do agree that Clear (Inspiring) Communication is definitely one of the key prerequisites of Strong Leadership.
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