Today’s post was written by Whitney Sweeney, Director of Client Relationships at The Latimer Group
At The Latimer Group, we teach the importance of leadership communication. To be a leader people will want to follow, you must know how to deliver your message in a way that people will hear and internalize. You must be able to listen to others and treat them with respect. A strong leader carefully considers how and when to communicate, and how they want to make people feel.
Here in Connecticut, the critical relationship between strong leadership and effective communication is on full display as we near the election of our Governor, but not for the right reasons. With just a few days before Election Day, the latest polls have the two candidates effectively tied. This is the critical moment – the score is tied and time is running out. Now is when strong leadership counts, and that requires effective communication. But as many of us who have watched the debates and followed the race of late have witnessed, effective communication has been replaced with mudslinging from both sides. Rather than communicating a message of substance – one that addresses the economy, or taxes, or developing business, or any other critical issue – the candidates make attacks on each other’s alleged corruption, past arrests, or the size of their boats. In other words, they have forgotten how to communicate effectively.
As we approach Election Day next week, many people will be asking the same question: “Who is the right person to lead this state?” One candidate will win and one will lose, but here at The Latimer Group, we wonder: What would have happened if these leaders remembered the importance of effective communication and its critical significance in being a strong leader?
Whitney Sweeney joined The Latimer Group in 2008 as one of its first full-time employees, now serving as Director of Client Relationships. Whitney coordinates all aspects of our coaching and training workshops and manages the production of content on behalf of The Latimer Group. Whitney received her BA in psychology from the University of Vermont in 2005, and is a resident of West Hartford where she lives with her husband and her dog Jack.