Source: E-mail dt. 19.10.2011
Soft Skills for Success
Prof. Shrikrishna Dhale
Dr. S Radhakrishnan College of Business Management,
Having said all that, success needs to be complemented with certain intangible, character-defining qualities that chisel a person’s mental makeup and personality development. These are Soft skills. The Soft skills are also termed as “Social skills”.
What are Soft Skills?
As opposed to “Hard” skills, that might appear on your resume – your education, experience, and level of expertise. The Soft skills are essentially people skills – the non-technical, intangible, personality specific skills that determine your strength as a leader, a listener and a negotiator. The higher you go up the career ladder, the more essential these skills become. Hence, the earlier you develop them the better.
Over and over again, research studies have reiterated that it’s the soft skills that make for success in business leadership. A leader’s soft skill can make a huge difference in the working environment, and that can make a difference in the performance of the employees.
Behavioral experts say there are several Soft skills required in a job seeker. Some of them include:
Communication: Good communication skills are essential to progress. Effective communications is what allows you to build bridges with your colleagues and the boss, express your needs, persuade others to adapt your ideas, resolve conflict amicably and get work done from your juniors. Fluency of speech, vocabulary and language usage are important; however, most important is the tone and the attitude with which you articulate your thoughts.
Team Spirit: While working with an organization you are expected to work in groups. Employers appreciate and encourage the employee who displays the ability to work well in groups and teams. Being a team player means not only being cooperative, but also displaying strong leadership ability when it’s appropriate.
Positive attitude: Positive attitude is a state of mind that is well worth developing and strengthening as it helps to cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. It brings optimism in your life and brings constructive changes into your life.
Positive attitude helps in achieving goals and attaining success. It gives you ability to inspire and motivate yourself and others and capability to surmount any difficulty.
In the time when Indian companies are going global and global companies coming
Time Management: Learning how to save time and spend it effectively is a key ingredient of your overall performance. Today, an employee is expected to work on different assignments at a time and be able to handle them well. Time management can be done by prioritizing task on the basis of importance and urgency.