By Steve Adubato, PhD

As leaders, we are often either asked or required to make team presentations, group presentations or presentations that require professionals and others to work together and communicate in a cohesive, coordinated and compelling fashion.

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

When it comes to being an effective leader, the connection between leadership and communication cannot be overlooked.

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

People often confuse being busy with being productive. One of the reasons professionals spin their wheels without moving forward is that they don't set realistic and relevant goals. People engage in a series of activities that cause them to work long hours. Yet, after six months or a year, what has been accomplished? Activities or a “to do” list might look like this; Answer all my e-mail by the end of the day. Or, meet with my staff once a week...

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

We all negotiate. We negotiate just about everything. Being a good negotiator is about being a first-rate communicator and empathetic leader. It doesn't simply mean being a good public speaker, but a thoughtful, sensitive and aware communicator and leader who understands and respects other people and the complexity of the process.

When asked, most folks say that they consider themselves leaders of one sort or another. But leadership is not an absolute thing. It is not black and white. Some days we are better leaders than others. In fact, we demonstrate superior leadership on one specific task and a short time later we fall on our face when up against another. Leadership is relative, and the really great leaders are constantly engaged in self-examination and finding ways to get better.

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

Many leaders are expected to facilitate internal workshops or training seminars. Accountants lead seminars about new tax laws; lawyers for new courtroom procedures; or doctors regarding the latest clinical findings and its implications for patient care. Only one catch—knowing a subject extremely well is only part of the communication equation when it comes to leading a workshop.

By Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

The issue of eye contact can’t be overemphasized as a valuable and important communication and leadership tool because it is true that the eyes are the windows to the soul. They communicate something beyond and even deeper than words. That’s why you may not be anxious to do business with someone who can’t look you in the eye. And that’s why we can’t help making negative judgments about people who have shifty or beady eyes. That’s also why it’s so unnerving when someone “rolls” his or her eyes while we’re talking.