Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The most important quality for a politician or leader to have is good communication skills. 政客最重要的性格特征就是拥有良好的沟通技巧，是否认同?
Politicians and leaders have many responsibilities. As representatives of government or social organizations, they play the delicate role of communicating with the people they represent. They also are responsible for, through discussions, finding a consensus among other leaders in order to write laws and policies. Finally, leaders have the important job of serving as a spokesperson, promoting government or association programs and rallying people’s support behind important issues. Communication skills are essential for a leader to successfully complete these tasks.
The support of the people is essential in most governments in the world. To get the support of the people, a political leader must gain their trust and support on many issues. People expect their political representatives to help fix problems in the community and society, but sometimes politicians have to make unpopular decisions for the overall good. For example taxes. Taxes are never popular, but they are necessary to support governments and maintain order. A political leader that can persuade the people to support these unpopular but necessary issues will have a more successful government than a political leader who is constantly at odds with the people. A political leader that is not good at speaking could very easily offend the people. Good command of rhetoric and debating skills determines the success of any politician.
In addition, leaders have to effectively communicate with each other. Consensus is the very foundation of successful political governments and organizations in general. Leaders, politician in particular, often differ in opinion on the best way to address an issue, like the annual budget. Being able to express clearly their individual approaches to the budget plan is important to arriving at a consensus. If a leader has an amazing budget plan, but cannot explain it clearly, she will not be able to persuade others to support her plan. A politician or leader who has no communication skills will not successfully implement his or her policies.
Leaders, whether they are politicians or social reformers, have the responsibility of rallying and maintaining support for these policies and movements. Oratory skills are vital to achieving this goal. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the face and voice of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of his ideas, like non-violent civil disobedience, helped define the Civil Rights Movement. But Dr. King would have been just another protester marching for civil rights if it were not for his amazing communication skills. Through his eloquent speeches, his message for equality caused millions to join the cause. Language, if used skillfully, is a powerful weapon for leaders.
A politician that cannot speak to his or her people will not succeed. Leaders are those who can make plans and carry them out. Speech making and general communication skills are vital to maintaining a leadership position.