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When it comes to succeeding in the workplace or business, a college degree isn’t necessarily enough. Nor are the years of experience on the job. Having great soft skills can be a huge game-changer as you go through your career. It can be the difference between getting people to believe in you or being forgotten, the difference between advancing a project and having it rejected, the difference between getting a promotion and finding yourself in yet another disappointing lateral move. These skills teach you not just to be a better employee but a stellar human being as well.
Below mentioned are the five soft skills that are essential for success:
1) Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is often referred to as the ability to recognize and manage your emotions and the emotions of others. It's made up of five key elements:
Since your first day of pre-school or daycare, you have learned the ability to play well with others. It is an inherited soft skill you've been working on unknowingly. Whether you're an individual contributor or a people manager, you have to work with other people - in meetings, in brainstorms, and on various cross-functional projects within your company. To maintain team harmony and spread positivity a can-do positive attitude is essential, which means you should have the ability to run an effective and inclusive meeting, you should be open to new ideas, and give proper respect to others while at work.
This is part of emotional intelligence, but especially when it comes to the workplace, being open and able to receive development feedback is critical to success at a job -- especially a new job.
Think about it: Constructive feedback helps you do the best job you can, and if you take it personally or react defensively, you aren't able to hear the feedback and adapt it to your current strategy.
4) Active Listening
You probably can tell the difference between when someone is hearing words you're saying and when they're actively listening to what you're saying. If someone is typing while you're presenting at a meeting, or they're giving you that slack-jawed look, they probably aren't really hearing what you're saying.
Active listeners pay close attention during meetings and offer clarifications to various questions or responses. They refer back to notes for future discussions. They don't need things to be repeated to them as when they heard it for the first time remember it for future usage. Active listeners not only respect colleagues but also are more effective workers too.
Whatever role you may have in the workplace, being creative can always prove beneficial. Creative people have the ability to find solutions to problems using creativity, reasoning and past experiences, coupled with information and resources.
Creative people find innovative ways to improve workflows and processes in the workplace. They always try and find out a new way to process a piece of work that can change the company’s dynamics, save time and cost, and even improve the quality of products and services.