In order to be truly effective as a leader, you must also be a skilled communicator who is able to align the efforts of others.

Skilled communicators motivate others, at all levels, to achieve common goals.


One of the most critical elements of effective communication is listening!

Employees—especially young professionals--want to be engaged and professionally fulfilled. If you ask about them and demonstrate genuine interest in your team, you are likely to receive a higher level of commitment from them. In addition, if you listen to their perspective and opinions, you will be the beneficiary of new insight that may help your company gain efficiency and greater profitability.

Team members who are asking questions and engaging owners with their views are often curious and want to understand the big picture.

Are you taking the time to listen for understanding and communicate the “why” you are asking them to do something as well as the “what” you are asking them to do?