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Do you have the communication skills to be a great leader?

By Julious P. Smith Jr, Chair Emeritus, Williams Mullen

21 October 2013

An old judge loved to tell young lawyers that "you can be the greatest lawyer in the world, but if you don't have any clients, nobody will know". Likewise, as a leader, you can have great passion for your job but, without the ability to communicate that passion to your constituency, you will have little success.

Great communicators come in all ?sizes and with all types of personalities. Both extroverts and introverts make ?good communicators and leaders; the ?trick is to fit your communication style to your personality.

If you find it difficult to talk to large groups, focus on one-on-one meetings, while minimising cheerleading before the masses. Conversely, if you enjoy public speaking, seize the bully pulpit at every opportunity, but never miss the chance to meet one-on-one with a partner.

Find a style that works for you, and use it. More important than the method is the result.

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