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How Can Writing Make You a Better Leader?

Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, MD, MPH, IHI Senior Technical Director, Africa Region

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Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
  • Identify three ways writing can improve your communication skills.
  • Discuss why effective communication can benefit leaders at all levels.

Description: Leaders are often busy mentoring, managing, guiding, and operating. So why should they make the time to write?

Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, in addition to leading some of IHI’s largest-scale improvement work, is a prolific writer who has published in the Ghanaian media for more than a decade. In this video short, Dr. Sodzi-Tettey describes three ways that writing can make you a better leader.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why does being a good writer require good listening skills?
  2. Can you think of an example from history of someone who articulated a shared vision in a meaningful way? Who came to mind first?
  3. Why can writing help bring discipline to your thinking?
  4. Why is it important that a leader possess excellent communication skills?
  5. What’s one thing you can start doing right now to improve your writing?
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