Last Week's Leadership Definition:
Being self-aware, having passion and the ability to work with others towards a common goal, thinking and behaving consistently, being able to work out differences with civility, and working for positive change on the behalf of others is what makes someone a leader.
New Leadership Definition:
Leading is complex, interactive, needs to be constantly revised, it involves responsibility, and needs a coach. Communicating is a huge part of leading, so it's important to understand it. When communicating, we need to be aware of all the contextual factors affecting the situation. We need to make sure we are on the same page as the other person we are communicating with despite all affecting factors such as culture. We need to understand how our self-concept might be different of that than what other people think of us or who we are to them in that situation. Values is something that affects both communication and leading and understanding your own and the people you communicate with will help for a mutual respect and level of understanding that ensures good communication.
Without some form of communication, there can be no such thing as leading. It is a crucial piece of the puzzle to understanding how to be a good leader.
Saphiere, D. H., Mikk, B. K., & Devries, B. I. (2005). Factors affecting communication style: Starring acts in the circus. Communication highwire (pp. 4 - 82). Boston: Intercultural Press