Whom would you rather choose to work in your team: someone who has excellent knowledge but is not easy to work with, or someone who is almost that good, but is an excellent team player? Except in some very specific fields, leaders tend to choose the second option, because they know that knowledge is easier to improve than interpersonal skills and character traits. Soft skills are a combination of interpersonal skills, communication skills, character traits, attitudes, and emotional intelligence. They are very important for every person and absolutely crucial for leaders.
Recently, LinkedIn surveyed human resource decision-makers from 84 large companies based in Australia or New Zealand and discovered that the most important reason for difficulty in filling leadership positions in these countries is often a lack of soft skills. “Critical soft skills are missing or under-developed: empathy, problem solving and creativity, and fostering collaboration and innovation”, reports the website Business Insider in this September’s publication.
When employers look for the leading men and women for their organisations, they are aware that expertise is not much use if leaders don’t have soft skills to inspire people to achieve goals and implement strategies. I often suggest and do what it takes to be sure they are using their strengths to the maximum and improving their weaknesses.
Having that in mind, Frank Kalman, senior editor in Chief Learning Officer Media, lists 10 soft skills that distinguishes an effective leader: According Frank, these skills are:
- Emotional intelligence
- Building relationships at all levels
- Political savvy: The ability to influence people to obtain goals.
- Motivating and engaging others
- Building and leading effective teams
- Creating a culture of trust and respect
You can read the whole Frank Kalman’s article by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/jm38qpk