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Leadership in Action: Reader Forum - Once a Leader, Always a Leader by Ernie Stech

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Once a Leader, Always a Leader

In 1967, Paul Watzlawick—a psychiatrist who studied the role of paradoxes in communication—and two colleagues published an influential book, Pragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies, and Paradoxes. Watzlawick's view of interpersonal communication includes five axioms, one of which is one cannot not communicate. In other words, not speaking or responding sends messages as much as any spoken words. Even if you are not talking, you are still communicating. Nonverbal elements, such as body language or silence itself, are a big part of communication.

I believe this idea can be applied to the world of leadership. Once an individual is appointed to a role such as manager, ...

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