Importance of Soft Skills and Tips to Acquire Them

Updated: 21 November, 2020 21:35 IST | Partnered Content |

To out-innovate your talented competitors and flourish in the competitive marketplace, it is crucial to work on your soft skills

To out-innovate your talented competitors and flourish in the competitive marketplace, it is crucial to work on your soft skills. Shedding some light on what soft skills are, soft skills are those skills that enable you to lay the foundation for success and garner a winning image on a personal as well as professional front. Soft skill is a broader term and includes a range of skills such as communication skills, leadership business etiquette, body language, skills, public speaking, and much more.

It has been observed that aspirants who have impeccable soft skills often stand out from others and make their way to the hierarchical ladder. Even aspirants with good soft skills are preferred for leadership roles and managerial level positions than aspirants who lack basic soft skills. Learning or polishing your soft skills might sound easy, but it is not! Let’s understand why?

Why Are Soft Skills Hard To Learn?
The reason why many people lack soft-skills is that they are hard to assess. For example, if you don’t know how to operate a backend panel or how to work on an online spreadsheet, it will be easy for you to learn the same because you know what areas you know and in which areas you are facing issues. With soft skills, the biggest problem is poor self-assessment as many people are unable to figure out the areas they need to work on.

Unlike hard skills, soft skills are not theory-based. They are based on our nature, habits, and life experiences. It requires a lot of dedication, time, practice, and constant feedback to hone soft skills. You cannot learn them within a week or two.

The learning time also varies from person to person. For example, a socially outgoing person will quickly acquire public-speaking skills, but an introvert might need a couple of months or even years to put across their ideas in front of the public.

After learning what soft skills are, let’s shed some light on the top soft skills that you should acquire to take your career to the next level. Read the article carefully to find out.

Emotional Intelligence: In simple words, emotional intelligence is the ability to manage your emotions, staying strong-headed in tough circumstances, and turning them into positive outcomes. The advantages of emotional intelligence are vast on the personal, academic, and professional front. When you are emotionally stable, you can better identify the opportunities for yourself and read more about different attributes of the people.

People with high emotional intelligence are not likely to succumb to daily stressors or negative situations. They can utilize this skill in the workplace and improve their performance as well as deal with the negative situations happening around them.

Team Player Attitude: The reason why sports have been given much emphasis is that they facilitate a spirit of collaboration and sportsmanship among individuals. No matter if you play card games online or high-endurance sports like cricket and football, you train your brain for collaboration and team spirit.

You learn to interact with people with different perspectives and brainstorm on crucial cross-functional projects to yield profitable results. This eventually means that you can better handle the situations which require coordination and teamwork. Maintaining team harmony, respecting others, and coming up with a mutual decision is an essential soft skill in professional as well as personal life.

Communication Skills: In personal life as well as in professional life, communication skills are crucial to deal with various concerns and problems. The better your communication skills, the better you can build healthy relations with your loved ones and co-workers. Communication skills are not only restricted to speaking and talking.

Your active listening skills and writing skills are also a part of communication skills. Poor communication skills can result in misunderstanding, losses, frustration, and anger.

Adaptability: No matter in which field you are, you should be flexible enough to adapt to different situations positively. Leave no room for procrastination and focus on how you can turn the tables into your favor. In this constantly evolving world, it is vital to accept changes with grace, see them as an opportunity to grow, and devise new strategies to sustain in this dynamic world.

The art of adaptability is an important soft skill that you should focus on to deal with the curveballs and unexpected situations that life throws your way. If you are not comfortable with unforeseen events or changes, jot down your feelings instead of reacting to them instantly.

By laying out your feelings, you can better address your concerns. You can also learn how to play poker or other mentally-challenging games and practice adapting to changes and unexpected situations.

Work on developing the above-mentioned soft skills to attract the right opportunities for your growth. Work on your shortcomings and create a plan to hone your soft skills.

All the best!

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First Published: 21 November, 2020 15:02 IST

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