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The ability to effectively communicate is a skill that is required in all types of relationships, whether family, work, or community. For a leader or manager, clearly and effectively communicating is not just essential but required. I’m not alone in this belief. According to a 2020 study in project.co, 96% of people think the businesses they deal with could improve when it comes to communication and project management. Another stat revealed that 92% of people have had to repeat a piece of information to two or more people within an organization. Despite the importance of leaders and managers possessing strong communication skills, organizations struggle to communicate effectively. According to HR Technologies, 57% of employees report that they are not being given clear directions, and 69% of managers are not comfortable communicating with the employees in general. As a result of stats like these, there is no shortage of books, research, and blog articles dedicated…

My twin sons are entering their 3rd year in the Army, and as a result, they are receiving their first glimpse of leadership. If they both properly prepare, they should both be selected for promotion to Sergeant within the following year. The Army first promoted me to Sergeant in the Army over 20 years ago, and now ten ranks later, I look back at all the experiences and lessons I chose to learn the hard way. Specifically, I think about how I can save my sons and other new leaders some bumps and bruises along the way. If I were to give my younger self a critical piece of advice, it would be to start reading early and often. In an article for Harvard Business Review, John Coleman discusses how reading can make you a more effective leader by increasing verbal intelligence, improving empathy, and understanding social cues. Though I’m…

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