What characteristics make a great leader? Passion? Charisma? Intelligence?
One of the top characteristics of strong leaders in the 21st century is the ability to communicate. It’s not having that passion that makes you a leader; it’s the ability to share it with others, convincing them to support your vision. Thus, writing is a leadership skill.
Perfecting your written communication abilities contributes to your overall skill set as a leader.
- You know what you’re talking about. Clear writing demonstrates your precise thinking and complete comprehension of a subject or strategy.
- You can manage and solve problems. When you carefully break down a complex topic into an understandable document, you highlight your problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
- You get results. Clear directives motivate readers to take the actions you request.
- You meet the needs of the entire organization. Writing for different audiences helps you address the needs of diverse groups.
“Communication is the real work of leadership,” says Harvard Business School professor Nitin Nohria . If you can clearly and simply explain your thoughts and vision, you’re well on your way to playing an important role in your organization.
Hurley Write, Inc. can help you develop a process for honing your written communication leadership skills. Contact us to learn more.