Are PR pros meant to be leaders?

According to comments from some of my area leaders – yes, PR pros are setting themselves up to be successful leaders, and not just in PR.

I attended a panel discussion with area leaders recently on what makes a good leader. About halfway through the session, I looked down at my notes and realized that about one-third of their comments related to either communications or relationships – both of which are cornerstones of public relations practice.

Here are just a few of the notes I took that the panel said are necessary traits to be a good leader:

  • Effective communication is key
  • Forge honest relationships
  • You have to be a strong communicator to be on top
  • Life is all about relationships
  • Say what you mean, mean what you say
  • Listen!

What is the takeaway? Keep-on-keepin’-on PR pros! If you continue to fine tune your public relations skills, you are setting yourself up to be a successful leader.

Image Credit: flkr user frankrizzo805

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