d subordinates thrive, it means that I have been doing something right and accomplished the mission I set out to fulfill.
I believe that one of my key competencies in achieving these goals is effective communication, which is essential in being a successful leader. For my own business but also in my role as professor, communicating with subordinates and students is an essential part of my daily activities. Communication structures human relationships and can make the difference between motivation and indifference, between success and failure.
As a leader, I have to set goals for students and subordinates alike and communicate them. To my mind, this does not mean "preaching" but rather adopting a cooperative communication style, in which I listen just as much as I talk. I found that listening is frequently underrated as a leadership quality but from my own experience, it is the single most important skill in understanding followers' needs. It is through listening that I learn what goals, ideas, and concerns my students and subordinates have. It helps me understand who they are and what they can contribute to their own success but also to the success of