Managers can and should improve communication in organizations. Interpersonal communication between managers and their employees is a critical foundation for effective performance in organizations. In his research work F. M Jablin has identified five communication skills that distinguish "good" from "bad" supervisors.

Expressive Speakers

Better supervisors express their thoughts, ideas and feelings. Supervisors who speak out let the people they work with know where they stand, what they believe and how they feel.

Persuasive Leaders

Better supervisors are persuasive leaders. They are distinguished by their use of persuasive communication when influencing others. Specifically, they encourage others to achieve results instead of telling others what to do. They are not highly directive or manipulative in their influence attempts.

Sensitive to Feelings

Better supervisors are also sensitive to the feelings, self-image and psychological defences of their employees. Care is taken to avoid giving critical feedback or reprimanding in public. They work to enhance that self-esteem as appropriate to the person's real talents, abilities and achievements.

Informative Managers

Finally, better supervisors keep those who work for them well informed. They give advance notice of organizational changes and explain the rationale for organizational policies.

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