According to Jeswald Salacuse’s Leading Leaders: How to Manage Smart, Talented, Rich, and Powerful People, one-on-one leadership conversations, unlike speeches, are typified by four characteristics:

  • Interactive, so you have to be concerned not only about the message you are giving, but also about the messages you are receiving from other participants.
  • Conflicted, since they often involve conflicts, usually arising from differing interests, between the leader and others involved in the conversation.
  • Personal, since they usually concern the personal feelings and thoughts of the participants.
  • Individualized, since the conversation is tailored to the personalities and interests of the particular persons involved.

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