Soft skills: how to charm everyone around😻📝

Soft skills are a set of complex abilities related to emotional intelligence. They can be applied in any business area and substantially boost your chances to achieve your career goals. Though soft skills cannot be acquired, it’s possible to develop them. If you haven’t read part 1 or part 2, be sure to check them out! Also, read the article about hard skills.

🔸Work under uncertainty
The modern world is described as VUGA. This implies volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Working under uncertainty — the ability to quickly react to task changes, make decisions, manage projects, and your own resources.

In order to compete on the market and be in demand, you need to be flexible and adaptable to swift changes. For instance, stress management is one of its sub-skills.

How to develop:
Work on your independence. Make up solutions to complex problems, and approach them differently. Try new tools: Telegram, online education, remote work. Follow trends and new technologies, choose what is appropriate for you.

🔸Economical production
This is an ability to eliminate a loss of any kind, look for bottlenecks, and enhance the process of creating something. The skill helps economize resources of an individual or entire production. For example, if you calculate loads, you won’t burn out, so you have time to do more and better.

How to develop:
Organize your own space: a desk, computer, apartment. Economical production has a 5S technology — removal of unwanted stuff, self-organization, keeping cleanness, standardization of processes, and framework improvement. So tidy up your room, create your own storage systems, and sort your emails and files on the phone.

🔸Ecological thinking
This is an ability to consciously regard what happens without doing any harm either to yourself or others. Ecological thinking implies a responsibility for your actions and positive attitude to the world.

The skill helps to do your own business and enjoy the result. For example, if project deadlines change, you don’t panic, but try to sort it out.

How to develop:
Strengthen proactive thinking instead of reactive one. For instance, if someone treats you rudely, don’t be rude in return. First, decide whether it does any good to anyone. Treat home resources ecologically: keep separate garbage collection, switch water off when brushing your teeth, and reduce plastic use.

This is an independent analysis of your own actions, behavior, and activities. It helps assess your deeds, realize them, and make a wise decision what to do next.

For example, if you can’t get on well with your colleagues, self-reflection will help you identify your mistakes in communication. This skill develops mindfulness — you will make more conscious decisions once you know yourself and your needs.

How to develop:
Observe yourself: note the details of your behavior and actions.
Try to keep a diary — note down your feelings about the past day, insights, and analysis of your deeds. Also, write down people you are grateful to.

These are abilities to assess, motivate, encourage, and discipline workers, build up teams, and make people trust you. Being aware of how to influence people and accommodate their needs is a crucial component of leadership. Many companies aspire to find leaders who could direct and inspire other employees.

How to develop:
Being disciplined is important for an efficient leader. Practice discipline in both professional and personal life. Demonstrate discipline skills at work by always meeting deadlines and keeping appointments. Besides, take on more projects. Try to step out of your comfort zone and show outstanding results.

Which skills do you find the most important? Text in the comments 💬