Communication skills turning managers into leaders

In this blog I will introduce the concept of Leader Talk Cards.

These cards represent the communication skills needed to make the transition from manager to leader. Leaders need to inspire, demonstrate expertise and build trust with the team. Leaders must learn to exercise their leadership through critical conversations that move the organization forward. 

Suddenly I was the boss—over my friends whom I have known for decades.

Bill Donohue Biography

Dr. Bill Donohue is a Distinguished Professor of Communication at Michigan State University. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, he received a BA from Bowling Green University and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from The Ohio State University.

Bill’s Newest Book

Critical Conversations as Leadership: Driving Change with Card Talk.
Donohue, W.A. (2018) 
Canton, MI:  Frontedge Publishing.

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