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Leadership Links by Rose Mercier and Penny Werthner TAKING ACTION - ANOTHER LEADERSHIP SKILL In the past two columns weve discussed specific communication skills that leaders need to use effectively These skills are valuable alone or in combination Some situations require good judgment as well as good communication skills To test your leadership instincts consider the following scenarios Youre chairing a meeting and one person is dominating the discussion The other participants look annoyed What do you do a When she takes a breath ask the group if anyone else has another other point of view on the issue b Do nothing and hope she wont be able to attend the next meeting c Wait until the meeting is over and then approach her with a clear message prepared No one else had a chance to speak on that last issue Im not sure thats such a great idea I was reluctant to interrupt you however Im concerned that our decisions reflect a consensus I need your help in making this work d Begin talking loudly to whomever is sitting next to you and complain about how difficult it is to chair a meeting when one person talks too much Its the last game of the playoffs Your team has just won the game and most of the players are whooping it up One player is sitting on the bench looking at the floor As you approach her her father steps in your way and loudly says You incompetent coach Youve ruined my daughters confidence by your need to win You dont belong in this sport and Im going to see to it youre not coaching next year Your team watches paralyzed What do you do a Meet anger with anger Explode at the father and demand that he leave the gym and take his daughter with him b Ignore him
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