Soft Skill Development

Soft skills are a combination of social and interpersonal skills, character traits, and behaviors. These differ from hard skills which are more technical and educational knowledge-based. Soft skills help us relate to others and create some of our baits and traits.

Depending upon the latest trends, you can see articles discussing the most popular soft skills that employers are looking for. Yes, these skills are very important in work. They are also important in life. These are skills that should have been taught all through life. While my list is by no means all-encompassing, it gives a general idea of what soft skills include (which is, like, everything).

There are generally 6 broad categories of soft skills:

  1. Communication
  2. Problem-solving
  3. Creativity
  4. Adaptability
  5. Work ethic
  6. Decision-Making

Those 6 broad categories are broken down even further:

  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Active listening
  • Confidence
  • Conflict resolution
  • Problem-Solving
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Resourcefulness
  • Troubleshooting
  • Creativity
  • Open-mindedness
  • Experimentation
  • Curiosity
  • Learning from others
  • Adaptability
  • Patience
  • Optimism
  • Flexibility
  • Growth
  • Work ethic
  • Persistence
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Motivation
  • Decision-Making
  • Data-driven
  • Ethical
  • Rational
  • Shared

Now, as I said previously, this is a very small list of ALLLLLL the soft skills out there. Out of this small list, how many of those skills do you struggle with, how many of those skills were you taught, and how many have you picked up along the way?

Soft skills are essential in learning how to navigate life. These skills are truly what makes a leader. You can have all the book smarts and technical knowledge in the world, but if you can’t connect with others, how will you get through life?

Want to learn how to add more essential life skills to your toolbox? I can help. Life and Leadership are my passions. We are all ripples in the ocean of life. All it takes is one ripple to create a wave.

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