The Leader as a Communicator

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Assignment 1: Discussion—The Leader as Communicator

Can you imagine an effective leader who is not an effective communicator? Leadership communication skills are very important. Some would call effective communication the most important leadership competency. Without the skills of effective communication, you will not be an effective leader, especially in this complex, fast-paced environment.

It is important for the leader to create an environment of open communication where ideas, solutions, and problems can all be discussed without fear. When employees understand that communication is open and encouraged, they will perform better.

Using the assigned readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research communication competencies required for leaders.

Then, respond to the following:

  • What are some key communication competencies needed in leaders today?
  • Is individual communication more important than group or mass communication? Why or why not?
  • List 2–4 strategies that leaders can use to improve their individual communication skills. Which method is most important? Why?

Support your positions with specific examples or by citing credible sources.

Write your initial response in approximately 300 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

By Saturday, February 22, 2014, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, February 26, 2014, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses. Consider the following:

  • Provide new thought or an opposing viewpoint to their response.
  • Contribute new and relevant information to the course discussion using your textbook reading.
  • Comment in a positive manner.
  • Build on the remarks of your peers or pose questions to them.
  • Share quotes, Web site links, and other supplementary information.
  • Demonstrate practical application of the module’s key concepts from your professional/personal experience by offering examples.
Assignment 1 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points

Initial response:

  • Was insightful, original, accurate, and timely.
  • Was substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.
  • Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.

 

16

Discussion response and participation:

  • Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.
  • Offered points of view supported by research.
  • Asked challenging questions that promoted discussion.
  • Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.

 

16

Writing:

  • Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner. 
  • Responses were error free.
  • Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.
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Total:
40

 

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