Effective communication is a necessity for managing a team and meeting goals. Interpersonal communication, dialogue, discussion, and debate as well as coaching, mentoring, and facilitation are the most important skills required from a public health leader and the team (Rowitz, 2014). The style of communication will determine how the leader can manage their team. These effective communication skills are characteristics needed for a team to accomplish tasks and meet their goals.
Utilizing the skills of the leader, the communication can be conveyed to the other team members to encourage them and demonstrate confidence. Also, upward communication follows the process of the chain of command (Rowitz, 2014). The team members initiate the conversations with the leader asking for guidance and providing solutions. It presents the collaboration with all the individuals in the group. In an initial team meeting, the public health leader can start out with expectations of the project and how they can contribute as an expert in a specific topic area. The leader can then include the belief behind the creation of the project and why they are so passionate about the end goal. It will paint a visual to the rest of the team to understand the background and the purpose of the project with interpersonal communication.
Dialogue, Discussion, and Debate
Secondly, having a dialogue, a discussion, and a debate can be very effective. It allows fairness with all team members and equality to discuss the agenda. The discussion should come after the dialogue in order to be effective (Rowitz, 2014). All the ideas and strategies can be presented altogether to be able to ensure the team members can stay on the same page or perception. It can mend partnerships with other team members. After tasks are delegated, then there will be a meeting to determine how the project is going. The dialogue should start with the leader and clear instructions on how the discussion will be completed with structure and non-bias opinions. Everyone will receive a chance to talk and share their experiences with the tasks in hopes team members can work together on their tasks if similar. It can also show the differences between the tasks and present the expertise (Rowitz, 2014).
Coaching, Mentoring, and Facilitation
Lastly, coaching, mentoring, and then facilitation is another process to incorporate as a leader to the team members and provide the support they will need through the project. Retention and active participation can influence this communication skill. Having a leader to include mentorship and facilitate the tasks appropriately without micromanaging can make the team more efficient. The facilitation can incorporate into the discussion and debate. But it can also be a part of the leadership tasks to the individual team members. There can be some challenges with tasks and/or with the relationship with other team members. The mentorship can build confidence and motivation back into the team members.
Rowitz, Louis. (2014). Public Health Leadership: Putting Principles into Practice. Jones & Bartlett Learning.