10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders

Mike Myatt, Forbes Magazine

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What is the connection between great leaders and great communicators?  In this Forbes article, Mike Myatt explores 10 communication secrets of great leaders (plus a bonus one!) and reveals why “the message” has nothing to do with the messenger.

What You’ll Learn

After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the role of external awareness in communication
  • Recall the importance of spending time paving the way for a productive conversation
  • Know that communication is not about you
  • Comprehend 10 principles that enhance communication

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Dig Deeper

After reading the article, reflect on the following questions.  Jot down your thoughts.  Consider sharing this article with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.

  1. If the message has nothing to do with the messenger, then what is communication about?  How does this concept align with your personal communication strategy?
  2. Reflect on each of the 10 principles for fostering excellent communication.  Which of these are already inherent in your interactions with others?  Which do you need to further hone?
  3. Choose one of the 10 principles and try it out for a week in your interactions with others.  Reflect on the results.

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  1. I really appreciate the author’s emphasis on communication, and a leader’s ability to understand a situation before they respond. I was inspired by his statement: “whenever you have to communicate a message, make sure that it is true…well-reasoned, and substantiated by solid…logic. Communication is not about you, your opinions, your positions or your circumstances. It’s about helping others…and adding value to their world.” I will continue to incorporate ideas from this article into my personal communication strategy.


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