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If you have your sights on becoming a successful manager in the supply chain discipline, then you’ll want to begin working on and developing a number of skills. One incredibly important skill you’ll need to have in order to become an effective leader is the ability to communicate.

We can’t harp enough on the importance of communication, especially if you think you have what it takes to be a leader in the supply chain discipline. It’s not enough to be able to listen to what people say – the way they say it often carries just as much importance as the content of what they are saying. According to recent studies, the speech patterns of an individual influence how other people perceive them. Take for example a study done by the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Their research showed a strong correlation between the voice of mail executives and their earning power. The same goes for female leaders, where their vocal energy has a strong correlation with their earning power.

One of the most critical parts of effective leadership is the ability to communicate with others in a clear and concise manner. Additionally, you need to have the speaking skills to be able to lead and inspire those working for you. This requires a proper tone of voice. The tone you use to deliver your message will affect whether you are being taken seriously or not.

The following are a few tips that will help you improve your speaking skills in order to convey the tone of a leader:

  • Speak with a strong voice – This conveys confidence. Do this by projecting from your diaphragm.
  • Use strategic pauses – Using calculated pauses to slow down your speech can give your words more impact and will improve both the quality and delivery of your speech.
  • Be eloquent – Eliminate filler words (“like” or “you know.”) as these make you look unprofessional.

Use these tips on improving your communication skills and be sure to contact us at Optimum SCR today for more advice on becoming a successful manager in the supply chain discipline.

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Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Management from the City University of New York. For 10 years, Don managed Operations and Supply Chain departments for consumer products companies. He then turned his attention to supply chain recruiting and for the past 27 years, has specialized in recruiting and placing supply chain executives throughout North America. Don is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He was a Partner at Hunt Ltd., and more recently was the Founder and Managing Partner of LogiPros LLC, a logistics recruiting firm. Don is a regular contributor of topical human resource articles for DC Velocity magazine, the CSCMP Supply Chain Comment, and The WERCSheet, published by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He is Past President of the NY/NJ/CT chapter of WERC

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