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The strong bond between organizational leadership and communications

  • Alvernia MOL

Everything you read on organizational leadership seems to mention the need for strong communication skills. Is the ability to communicate really that important in all industries?

Yes, it really is the key to career success.

When Forbes published an article titled, The 20 People Skills You Need to Succeed at Work, strong communication skills came in second place. The ability to relate to others was named the top skill and it could be argued that you need to know how to communicate with others in order to relate to others.

Engineers need to realize that they “cannot be fully effective in their jobs if they are inadequate speakers, writers, and listeners. Yet it is particularly in the engineering fields that effective communication skills are crucial to success.”

Nurses need strong communication skills since as points out,  “breakdown in communication can cause negative outcomes. We all know how important it is to give a thorough patient report to the oncoming nurse at shift change.”

And, according to the Project Management Institute, “effective communications can make the difference between a project that advances your career and one that sabotages it.”

The website Mind Tools suggests keeping these 7 Cs of communication in mind to make sure your emails, conversations, reports and other forms of communication send the exact message you are trying to convey. Committing these 7 words to memory is the first step to improving your communication skills:

  1. Clear.
  2. Concise.
  3. Concrete.
  4. Correct.
  5. Coherent.
  6. Complete.
  7. Courteous.

This video explains the 7Cs of communications in greater detail.

The Masters in Organizational Leadership (MOL) program at Alvernia University in Berks County focuses on the essential interpersonal skills, like communications, to help individuals learn how to effectively collaborate and work in teams, groups and complex global operations.

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