Yelling is not an effective way to get your point across. Mark Cuban had to learn that the hard way in his 20s.
"I would yell at my partner [Martin Woodall]," Cuban admitted on "The Jamie Weinstein Show" podcast.
The two co-founded the early computer systems venture MicroSolutions and would butt heads over how best to run the company. "We could drive each other crazy," Cuban wrote on his blog. "He would give me incredible amounts of s--- about how sloppy I was. I would give him the same amount back because he was so anal he was missing huge opportunities."
In time, Cuban learned that yelling did more harm than good. "That just increases stress," he said on the podcast. "When you increase stress — the people around you, productivity, profitability [and] competitiveness decline."
To be an effective leader, you must be able to get your ideas across and receive buy-in from those around you. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says there's even an interpersonal skills gap in the labor market across the United States.
Luckily, communication is a skill you can learn. Pay attention to your tone of voice, facial expression and gestures and make sure to listen more than you're talking.
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