You’ve surely heard the saying that “Readers are leaders,” but today I am going to hop up on my soapbox and claim that “Writers are Leaders.”
If you look at the most prolific authors of technical papers (SPE, AAPG, SEG, etc.) and journal articles (World Oil, Hart’s E&P, Oil & Gas Journal), you will find that they are the industry legends, the thought leaders, some of the most well respected technical people in the oil and gas business.
But it’s not just prestige that you get from having your byline out there often. A report from the College Board’s National Commission on Writing concluded that writing ability is critically important to employment and promotion, especially among salaried employees. In other words, you are more likely to be hired and climb the corporate ladder faster if you are a good writer (not just prolific, although the more you write, the better you write).
Additionally, being a good writer is good for the pocketbook (or pocket, if you’re of the male persuasion). An article in the Journal of Business Communication (Oct. 2004) said that among college educated people, those in the top 20% of writing ability earned more than three times the salary of those in the bottom 20%.
More money. More promotions. More prestige. Who wouldn’t want to improve their writing?
Profound Quote of the Day:
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
– Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State and Army four-star general, b. 1937