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Leader Communication Styles and Organizational Health

Hicks, Joel M. MSRS, RT(R)

doi: 10.1097/HCM.0b013e3182078bf8

Communication is perhaps one of the greatest challenges facing managers and leaders today. Clearly articulating ideas and expectations to employees is vital to the productivity and the longevity of an organization. Furthermore, the style in which the communication is delivered has an influence on the satisfaction levels of employees. Research has discovered that there are many different styles in which a leader may communicate with employees. Research has provided several methods that aid in determining which style is the most appropriate for any given circumstance. Research has demonstrated how appropriate and effective communication is used to promote organizational health. Furthermore, research has demonstrated how inappropriate communication may decrease employee satisfaction. Finally, research has provided methods to aid in improving communication styles and delivery.

Author Affiliation: College of Nursing and Allied Health, Northwestern State University, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Correspondence: Joel M. Hicks, MSRS, RT(R), College of Nursing and Allied Health, Northwestern State University, 1800 Line Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71101 (

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