#ThursdayThought – Soft Skills
Hard skills that leaders possess can be generally clustered into the following areas:
- Technical skills
- Analytical skills
- Marketing skills
- Presentation skills
- Management skills
- Project management skills
These are skills that show up on a resume/CV and are typically quantified by shareholder reports, profit-and-loss statements and other reporting and/or certification methods.
It’s usually the hard skills that companies recruit for and seek out
Soft skills, the ones that default to the “nice to have” category, are usually categorized into the following:
- Emotional Intelligence
- Service Mindedness
These are the ones that employees seek from their leaders. They typically don’t end up in resume searches, portfolios or promoted by recruiters.
Yet these are the ones that companies like The Gallup Organization, Entrepreneur, and renowned leadership consultants like Lolly Daskal identify are needed from leaders in the workplace.
In looking at the juxtaposition of the names of soft skills and hard skills, one should wonder – why are “soft skills” so hard to come by?
Probably because they require authenticity, integrity, character and accountability.
It’s easier to acquire hard skills. The soft skills result in you serving others. While every leader can serve others, very few choose to do so.
Soft skills are hard. But so worth the investment for the long game.