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It’s New Year’s Eve and we’re greatly looking for the advent of 2021 and ready to leave 2020, with all it’s pandemic-induced collateral damage behind.
What’s great about January 1st is that every year we have been given a motivational and psychological gift. That the coming year will be a great one, and a new chapter in our lives, perhaps the best one yet.
And while we all look forward to a new year in which to write a new page in our book of life and career, let’s be reminded that we don’t need a new year to do that.
Every day, every hour we live, is always an opportunity to write a new chapter for ourselves.
When we understand what we can control – which is far more than we give ourselves credit for – we can break the bonds of circumstances, bad luck and poor habits. We can give a new start to our lives be the decision to do so at that very moment.
We don’t need a new year to write a new chapter.
So as 2021 ebbs and flows, and we start off with renewed hope, let’s remember that at any time we can change our course. And then again, and again, any day, every day, of any year.
Write your new chapter TODAY. If not now, when?
An employee who gets reprimanded for posting on social media during work hours – even though they’ve pre-automated the posting schedule with AI.
A manager asked to dress a certain way for a business meeting – because that’s how their boss has dressed for decades.
Telling staff to fill the data – because it shows up on the report better.
These all have one thing in common. The boss has told them to do this because of how it looks. Optics are everything, they might say.
If we spent less time worrying about how things look and more time doing them the right way and for the right reasons, then maybe things would look great just because they were.
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.