Triangle Speech Services is the private, professional practice of Judith L. Bergman, a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) who specializes in foreign accent and regional dialect modification. I offer customized, individual tutorials to corporate-sponsored and self-enrolled individuals who speak English fluently but with moderate to severe accents that create challenges and frustrations in the workplace.
An announcement boomed over the huge Pennsylvania Convention Center's Exhibit Hall on Saturday, November 19 during the lunch break of the final day of the 2016
annual convention of the American Speech and Hearing Association: the final count of attendees was a record number of OVER 16,800!!
The theme of the convention was Everyday Leadership; Leadership Everyday. I had selected my sessions out of the hundreds offered, with the hope that I could gain useful knowledge as well as the CEUs (Continuing Education Units) required to maintain my Clinical Certification.
This month I am sharing some notes from a session titled Dream More, Learn More, Do More, Become More: Leadership Lessons from the CLC (ASHA Committee on Leadership Cultivation).
In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins defines five levels of leadership: Level 1- Highly Capable Individual, Level 2-Contributing Team Member, Level 3-Competent Manager, Level 4-Effective Leader, Level 5- Executive. Most of my accent modification clients appear to be at Levels 1 and 2 and almost all want to advance at least to levels 3 and 4. AND many of them already demonstrate the non-linguistic qualities of emotional intelligence found in a true "servant-leader." As you scan the lists below, think of how many of the other leadership qualities actually depend on clear and confident speaking skills.