through the examination of universal understandings of effective communication, including active listening; theoretical models, including charismatic and transformational leadership models; and finally in terms of gender and cultural background.
The communication process is a foundational element of not only interpersonal relations, but also essential to the structure of society. Not only is effective communication necessary in developing adequate relationships but it is also a critical element in leadership in the work environment. Hybels & Weaver (2006, p. 5) state that, “In a survey sent to 1000 personnel managers, the managers listed oral communication and listening as the most important skills for effective leadership.” Leadership is accomplished through a number of wide-ranging techniques. While situations and types of language will differ greatly, effective attention in leadership goes beyond merely listening techniques. When responding the speaker must speak clearly and directly, using language suitable for the conversation, to indicate that they have properly processed the information the patient has relayed. Leaders are able to strategically and competently relate to the individual and adapt the conversation to better convey the message they are attempting to impart. Great listeners are often charismatic and funny – interesting people to listen to – as successful connections are only developed through both the active participation of both discourse participants. Perhaps most notably, there is the theoretical model that distinguishes means by which an individual can utilize charismatic leadership to achieve organizational goals. Even with the effectiveness of charismatic leadership, it is restrictive in the sense that it involves a latent sort of manipulation on the part of the charismatic leader.
This essay considers the nature of effective leadership communication from the perspective of theoretical approaches and personal experience in