A Lesson in Leadership: How I Developed My Communication for Teamwork

Andrew Muskatevc | Arizona State University Collegiate DECA

It’s true when they say, “it’s all in the details,” and there is no better application for this theory than in communication.

Talking to your friends is easy. However, learning to communicate effectively with a team of people all trying to accomplish a task is something that requires more work. When it comes to this, there’s one lesson I’ve been implementing in my life for years.

You may have heard this before. You may have even seen this image on Facebook, Instagram, or even other DECA articles. There’s a reason you’ve seen it so many places – it works and it’s SO worthy of a retweet!

This lesson had a profound effect on how I communicate. It put into words what I could see in some of my fellow classmates, my fellow leaders, and even some of my teachers!

I realized how selfish it sounds when people say “I” or “My Team.”  It completely disregards the hard work of the other people in the group. When you’re working in a team, there’s no room for egos or selfishness. If you really want to accomplish your goal, you need to take advantage of the other great ideas in your group and cooperate with your teammates.

This sort of inclusive communication is also very important to make sure that the people around you feel respected and listened to. I will never refer to someone as a “kid” (something that I’ve witnessed before and found very disrespectful). Instead always use students, members or young adults.

A simple “thank you” or “you did a great job” also goes a long way when it comes to teams. It ensures that all members feel appreciated, and their hard work is being recognized.

Being a great leader takes a lot of time and effort, but if you treat people respectfully, it will be noticed. Whether you implement these tips in DECA or your workplace, your advisor/boss/teammates are sure to be impressed.

This article was written by Arizona State University Collegiate DECA President, Andrew Muskatevc. You can follow ASU Collegiate DECA on Twitter @asudeca.

Categories: Chapter Development, Chapter Resources, Leadership