Are the communication skill the most important quality of a politician or leader?
Many people argue that the communication skill is integral to a good leader because a person can never lead without persuading others through words. I completely agree with this opinion and I do recognize the importance of communication. Nevertheless, I believe there are qualities more indispensable for a leader than the communication skill, among which truthfulness and respectfulness are two good examples. Without these fundamentally virtuous qualities, one can never be a good politician or leader.
Truthfulness is a basic quality that all of us should stick to, and the leaders and politicians certainly are not the exception. Honesty is so fundamental that being dishonest, if ever found, will greatly diminish one’s reputation. Even if a leader has impressive rhetoric skills, as long as he demonstrates a sense of untruthfulness, the strength of his fancy words will immediately fade for people can never know whether his words are credible. That is true for all the people, not only the politicians or leaders. In my sixth grade, for example, once lent a hundred yuan to a classmate who promised to give it back to me in a week. A week later, later, he claimed that he never borrowed, and refused to pay back anything. I was annoyed. He later went for the election of monitor but eventually received nearly zero votes — everyone was aware that he was not a reliable person and that we should never invest our trust in such an untruthful person. Being truthful at all time, instead, can establish one as a person that people can fully trust and a good leader that people can relv on.
Respectfulness is another quality that I consider more essential than the communication skill. There are some people that tend to be arrogant and contemptuous. They hardly listen to others' opinions, paying the lowest respect to their followers. Donald Trump is a perfect example. He often bumps out disrespectful words to congress women, to African Americans and to Mexican immigrants. Although many people agree that his speeches are fair, his arrogance makes his one of the most controversial presidents — countless people, not only domestically but also internationally, criticize him for his conceit and disrespect. In contrast, George Bush, who is not good at speech at all, is much more respected and favored by people because of his gentleness. The disparity in public opinion towards Trump and Bush well indicates the significance of respectfulness for a leader and shows its prioritization over the communication skill.
Admittedly, perfect communication skills will greatly add on to the leader's charisma. Barack Obama is known for his fascinating speeches full of literary and artistic expressions including metaphors, analogies and symbols. His speeches are so appealing that allows him to draw the attention of a huge number of people. Nevertheless, what cannot be overlooked is that besides his communication skill, he also demonstrates integrity, truthfulness, and great respect for people in all classes and all races. If he does not have these important basic qualities, no matter how fascinating his words are, he can never be a good leader as he is.
In conclusion, I believe that truthfulness and respectfulness, together with many other fundamental virtues, place the foundation of a good politician and leader, and are thus more important than the communication skill.
A successful leader or politician can be labelled by a number of excellent merits or capabilities. However, whether effective communication technique is superior to others is under my deep doubt. From my perspective, though the strong communication technique can help a leader or politician stand out during a public speech, I still believe there are two other more indispensable capacities.
For one thing, the ability of making right and objective decisions is more essential than any other merit or virtue. To be specific, it is those political leaders and entrepreneurs’ responsibility to discern opportunities and make instantaneous and correct decisions as well as avoid various underlying threats or failures. A noticeable example happening during the Great Depression in the States can be quoted to prove what I believe. The famous and renowned American president, Franklin De Roosevelt, was entangled in a huge crisis engendered by economic stagnation and the constantly increasing unemployment rate as well as the imminent eruption of social disorders. To drive the country back to its original prosperous trajectory, he made a bold decision to launch New Deal, which would compromise the profits of many consortiums. However, not only did his insistence in funding the construction of infrastructure facilities help resolve the emergent employment issue of those basic labor force but also it prompted the improvement of common citizens’ purchase power to revitalize the country’s economy. Apparently, the feat and success of President Roosevelt can prove how crucial the ability of making right decisions, especially when some crisis happen, is for politicians or leaders.
For another thing, the ability of accepting suggestions and even criticism is roughly as important as the ability of making right decisions. As is known to all, nobody is perfect and the chance of downplaying some potential crisis is always existential. In this situation, owning the trait or capability of being humble to accept others’ suggestions becomes obtrusively significant. Another historical example was about the decision of attacking Pearl Harbor. At nearly the end of Second World War, the leader of Japan made a huge mistake by ordering its air force to clandestinely bomb Pearl Harbor to drag America into the war. Ultimately, Japan was soon revenged by the dropping of two atomic bombs and had to declare its surrender. Supposing that if the leader of Japan could adopt the advice from his underlings and didn’t launch the attack, the whole picture would possibly be rewritten. Apparently, it was the Japanese politicians’ obstinacy to reject others’ advice that led to its failure.
In a word, from historic lessons, it is easy to draw the conclusion that the ability of making a quick and right decisions and the capacity of accepting others’ opinions are more important than others, including strong communication techniques.