Without communication you cannot lead. You just end up taking a walk on your own. Communication has been central to the “social process” of all great leaders.
“One can lack any of the qualities of an organizer – with one exception – and still be effective and successful. That exception is the art of communication. It does not matter what you know about anything if you cannot communicate to your people. In that event you are not even a failure. You’re just not there. Communication with others takes place when they understand what you’re trying to get across to them. If they don’t understand, then you are not communicating regardless of your words, pictures or anything else. People only understand things in terms of their experience, which means that you must get within their experience.” – Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals”
Leaders are always communicating. Without communication leadership fails. Described below are the 8 practices that successful communicators use to engage others in their vision and move them to action.