Leadership and Influence

Preface: Let me start off by saying that leadership is not a born talent. As James Humes, a presidential speechwriter says, “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” And just like any other language, it can be learned through an understanding of its most well-established principles, and of course, patient practice. If you are ever feeling overwhelmed, anxious, unheard, foggy-minded, or any other way that makes you hesitate before you take a step, leadership is a skill that you will benefit from practicing. I’m not coming up here to make a monotone bore of a speech. I came up with this speech specifically with this class in mind to address some communication issues I observe many of you as well as myself have. Teaching leadership usually comes in the form of understanding an outside perspective of what leaders

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