Editors choice

5 Voices

Book review by Robert Orton - 5 Voices: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone You Lead by Jeremie Kubicek  and Steve Cockram

The book’s theme is self-awareness with regards to communication skills.

The authors hope to change the way that you lead and communicate with your teams, colleagues and family. In order to lead others effectively, we need a true understanding of ourselves, our natural tendencies and patterns of behaviour. In learning what your leadership voice sounds like to others, you will discover what it feels like to be on the other side of your personality, as well as how to hear and value others' voices.

The 5 Voices offers a classification system, based on how we communicate. The book presents five different categories of communication style – Nurturer, Pioneer, Connector, Guardian and Creative. The authors point out that we have a foundational voice and there is a rank for how the other voices show up in our communication style. Assistance is offered on determining your communication style – your foundational voice and the rank of the other voices.

In the book, the authors explain how each foundational voice interacts with others. They provide insights into what each foundational voice is thinking – what they are saying to themselves about their interactions with others. Readers are able to determine their foundational voice and the rank of the other voice types through a self-administered test in the book. If you have an interest in communication theory or even conflict management, this is a great book to read. And although it is targeted to leadership or management situations, the lessons are easily applicable to any social situation - even in families.

Ultimately the book will help you identify your natural leadership style, and give you a framework for leveraging your strengths. In mastering the 5 Voices of leadership, you will increase your emotional intelligence, allowing you to gain a competitive advantage as a leader. You will also be equipped with a simple, easy to remember vocabulary that, when shared, has a track record for decreasing the drama, misunderstanding and miscommunication in all spheres of influence.

5 stars a ‘must read’ for any manager or leader.