Exceptional communication skills and the ability to convince others to your way of thinking make the difference between good and great leaders.
Pure communication builds trust, credibility, and respect. One reason is because when you fully communicate, instead of trying to compose your response, the result is a relevant and on-target response. What you say is proof of how well you listen.
In addition to communication skills, a recent survey of Fortune 1000 firms, determined that persuasion skills are one of the top 10 skills managers and leaders need for success. The ability to influence people is regarded as vital to the overall effectiveness of teams and organizations.