Soft Skills That Can’t Be Taught
In today’s work environment it seems like there has been a focus on technical or hard skills. These would be skills that can be TAUGHT such as writing, reading, math, or ability to use computer programs. Basically anyone can learn these skills but what sets you apart from “anyone”?
I’ll tell you.
Soft skills, that’s what. These are what make a good employee a great employee. These are the traits you might naturally possess that can’t necessarily be “taught.” In this week’s blog we discuss a few soft skills that can set you apart from the rest.
There is a big difference between getting it done and doing it right. The difference is integrity. No matter where you work if you have integrity you will be viewed positively by not just clients but coworkers as well. Integrity is being honest and having strong moral principles but most importantly it’s keeping those qualities even in tough situations. It’s doing what’s right even if it’s not easy.
This should go without saying but it’s an important trait to have in the workplace. It should be a no brainer that the nicer you are (and I mean GENUINELY nice) the more people want to work/be around you. “Nice guys finish last” is a lie told to you by mean people who just want to get ahead. Be nice to others and others will be nice to you.
Turns out “common” courtesy really isn’t all that common. In today’s business world you may seem like small talk with coworkers or holding the elevator for someone is outdated or against the norm but let me tell you – it’s appreciated. Possessing common decency will go a long way in the workplace.
Self-awareness is key. Being aware of your own character, feelings, and motives is so important. It leads you to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses and how you can best contribute to your team.
In any organization there are leaders and there are followers. No matter which category you fall into you should always be able to recognize what needs to get done and take the initiative to do it. Initiative is the ability to assess and initiate things independently. Any problem that needs to be solved can be if you set your mind to it.
Being Resilient may be the most important trait to possess. Whether it be in your professional or personal life you should always remain resilient and be able to recover from setbacks because setbacks WILL happen. Life is filled with ups and downs but it’s not about what happens to you but rather how you REACT to it that helps you learn and grow.