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Organizational Communication & Leadership Overview

The Organizational Communication and Leadership component of the Communications Department at Methodist University seeks to produce students who are ready to enter the professional world as effective communicators, whether in careers specifically involving public speaking, or in areas where such skills would be a clear asset.

The program provides training in human communication for professionals entering business, industry, social service, the ministry, public relations, and education. The mission is to produce graduates whose understanding of communication problems and solutions makes them uniquely qualified to contribute their expertise to the betterment of society at home, play, and work.

The organizational communication and leadership field has evolved to include the traditional rhetorical approach as well as a relational communication perspective. In recent years communication practitioners have begun to focus on organizational communication. Such study is concerned with the role of communication, management theory, and organizational structures in the workplace. Within the past decade various communication scholars have also included in their research the role and effects of communication on "leadership."

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