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Why Leaders Need People Skills

| August 26, 2008

by Jim Bruce

Today’s Tuesday Reading is John Baldoni’s column “Why Leaders Need People Skills.  This is a familiar topic to alumni of the IT Leaders Program but I thought that we could all benefit from Baldoni’s point of view.  He notes:  “Top executives [and I would say leaders at all levels] are … returning to a most fundamental tenet of leadership:  the ability to connect with others in order to build trust and effectively lead in times of great challenge and change.  Call it the people-skills revolution.”

He ends his column:  “To lead, an ability to communicate as well as understand, support, and develop people is essential.  Business is tough, yes, but a little warmth around the edges sure helps people get through the day.”

Find your takeaway from the piece and work to make it a practice this week.


.  .  .  .  .       jim