Communication and Leadership

The process of transferring information between a sender and a receiver is called communication. Communication involves a sender, a receiver, a message, and the use of a medium, but one must be careful of the noise that may interfere with the communication process.

A good leader is a good communicator. The Presidency of the United States of America is one of the most important leadership positions in the world. In the past year, there have been and still are candidates seeking to be President of the United States. All of them have had their share of problems when it comes to communication.

George W. Bush has his own style of communication. For fear of an extremely negative expression on my perspective of Bush, I shall not comment on that —- oops.

One United States President stands out in American history in the area of communication skills. The legacy of that President lives on in that regard as he was called The Great Communicator. Regardless of political perspective, whether one agreed or disagreed with his politics, President Ronald Reagan had charisma that complemented his communication.

Whether the next President of the United States is able to be a great communicator is any one’s guess at this point.

To assist the candidates for President improve their communications skills (or anyone else for that matter), I suggest looking at Communication & Leadership.


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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2 Responses to Communication and Leadership

  1. Tim Higgins says:


    I agree with you that George W seems to have an almost fatal case of “foot in mouth” disease, where Reagan was indeed able to effectively deliver his lines We have had other in the past in this position: Kennedy, FDR, Lincoln, and even Clinton (grudgingly) come to mind. You don’t have to agree with them in order to agree that they were very effective in delivering their message.

    In this day of political handlers and modern media sound bites though, we need to look again at these communicators to assess the message. Too many these days are only effective when reading talking points from the prompter and too few are capable of speaking from the heart. It is the latter, who’s message comes from core beliefs and without a poll that deserve our true admiration.


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