Leadership requires communication like a flame requires oxygen. Too often, culture equates communication with public speaking, but that ultra-limited focus distracts attention from where a leader's best will make the most impact: day-to-day interactions with the team he or she leads. The time has come for straight talk that is not glamorous enough for books and conferences, yet far too important to ignore a moment longer.
To lead well, leaders must deliberately connect with people on their team. Easy, right?
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David Staal serves as the president & CEO of Kids Hope USA, a national nonprofit organization that partners local churches with elementary schools to provide mentors for at-risk students. A senior editor for Christianity Today and International and former children's ministry director, he also authored these books: