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Strong Leadership starts in the Power of Communication. Do you agree?
Clear communication is what a strong leader do.
Take a moment right now and think about a strong leader you know.
Someone you truly enjoyed working for. How was the communication of this leader , make your self this simple question.

Is possible to be a great leader without a clear and precise (inspiring) communication?
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Alexandre -

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.

Kiron
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2 replies by Adrian Carlogea and Alexandre Costa
Mar 08, 2020 10:01 AM
Alexandre Costa
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Kiron,

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.

Alexandre.
Mar 08, 2020 7:23 PM
Adrian Carlogea
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Hi Kiron,

While I do agree that being a good subject matter expert in a certain domain does not automatically qualify you for a leadership position, leading people from a certain line of work does require experience in that particular line of work. Imagine appointing as the head of a project management team someone that has never worked as a project manager.

In my opinion there is no such thing as generic leadership. Leadership exists in certain contexts and a good leader requires a good mixture of hard (technical) and soft skills.

Being a good communicator is an important skill the leader must have but equally important is the knowledge that enables the leader to speak in the technical language of his/her team.

Also the non-technical leader can't get the best out of his team because he doesn't really understand what are the technical challenge the team members are facing and as such he can't determine what are the strengths and the weakness of the team members.
Mar 08, 2020 9:50 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Alexandre -

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.

Kiron
Kiron,

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.

Alexandre.
it is not necessary, being a good Leader needs other behavioral aspects too.
Vijay,

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.

Alexandre
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.
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Mar 08, 2020 11:41 AM
Alexandre Costa
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Greg,

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.

Alexandre
Mar 08, 2020 11:29 AM
Replying to Greg Githens
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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.
Greg,

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.

Alexandre
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1 reply by Greg Githens
Mar 08, 2020 12:01 PM
Greg Githens
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My bookshelf has several books that say that management and leadership are two different concepts. You don't have to agree with their assertion, but its probably wise to acknowledge that there are a number of accomplished management thinkers who say there is a difference.

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.
Mar 08, 2020 11:41 AM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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Greg,

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.

Alexandre
My bookshelf has several books that say that management and leadership are two different concepts. You don't have to agree with their assertion, but its probably wise to acknowledge that there are a number of accomplished management thinkers who say there is a difference.

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.
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Mar 08, 2020 12:12 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Greg,

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.

Alexandre
Mar 08, 2020 12:01 PM
Replying to Greg Githens
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My bookshelf has several books that say that management and leadership are two different concepts. You don't have to agree with their assertion, but its probably wise to acknowledge that there are a number of accomplished management thinkers who say there is a difference.

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.
Greg,

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.

Alexandre
Alexandre ,
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:-
Negotiation
Communication
Problem solving
Critical thinking
Resilience
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.
BR,
Mansour
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Mar 08, 2020 2:04 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Mansour,

Thanks for your opinion, when I start this thread I was guessing that would be controversial, nevertheless if you read with attention my settence and I quote "Strong Leadership STARTS in the Power of Communication" , starts is the key word I'm not say that's the only one , I'm saying that if you fail to communicate you not even probably have opportunity for negotiation for instance, dealing with people is all about communication and a few more.
Exists a study that emphasizes that 90% of the reasons why projects fail are due communication problems in it's every dimensions.
More PMI address this problem in document -
THE HIGH COST OF LOW PERFORMANCE:
THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF COMMUNICATIONS
Saying that one out of five projects is unsuccessful due to
ineffective communications.

Alexandre
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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