Soft Skills Training
What are Soft Skills
In the 20th century soft skills are a major differentiator, a ‘sine qua non’ for employability and success in life. A study conducted by Harvard University noted that 80% of achievements in career are determined by soft skills and only 20% by hard skills.
Therefore, employers are particularly interested about checking for soft skills in individuals. Moreover, it has been found that even though people manage to get jobs with the help of academic qualifications and hard skills, they often keep losing jobs (or get stagnated) due to lack of Soft skills.
Earlier, Hard skills or technical skills were the only skills that were taught throughout academic life, and learning used to end there itself. These were the only necessary skills for career employment and were generally quantifiable and measurable from educational background, work experience or through interview. These still remain the major focus in academics. However, an awareness about the importance of Soft skills are becoming increasingly evident.
The glory of Soft Skills, however, is this —
It’s not only in career that Soft Skills are important. Rather, it’s equally important for a great and successful personal, social and emotional life for any individual, no matter who they are.
‘Soft skills’ is an umbrella term for skills under three key functional elements: people skills, social skills, and personal career attributes. They are a cluster of a wide variety of skills. This include Self and Social Awareness Skills, plus Self and Social Management Skills.
These skills can include social behaviours, communication skills, language skills, personal habits, emotional intelligence, time management, teamwork, leadership traits and many more. This list can never be exhaustive.
Soft Skills enable people to effectively deal with different situations and challenges in their personal, professional and social lives. They help people work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills. These are the desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge: they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude. Not only these, soft skills also deals with mental and emotional well-being of people.
Basically, Soft skills help people Look Good, Think Well, Feel Good, Behave well and appropriate, Create good Situations and Deal well with everything that’s not so good.
Experts, including managers and leaders, trainers and therapists, unanimously agrees that soft skills training should start from a very young age for everyone, when our minds are the most unshaped and flexible. If Soft Skills Training can start right from the time when someone is in junior school, the person is much more likely to perform efficiently in their academic environment as well as in their future workplace and life in general.
Attributes of soft skills
Good manners, optimism, common sense, a sense of humour, empathy and the ability to collaborate and negotiate are all important soft skills. Other soft skills include understanding situations and people involved in them. All successful people has this ability to read situation, depending on which they decide upon a response that yields the best result for all involved.
Another important soft skill is adaptability and open-mindedness. A person, who can work in various situations equally well, is always at an advantageous position. They are able to move from one situation to another with ease and grace.
Being able to be diplomatic and respectful even when there are disagreements is also a key soft skill. This skill requires a person to maintain a professional tone and demeanour even when frustrated.
We have just tried to touch the tip of the iceberg here just to give you an idea. However, it’s indeed very tough, rather impossible, to explain everything that’s soft skill under one article. If you often visit our site, you will find a lot more discussion on these.
6 soft skills for every hard-nosed professional
Behavioural training experts say there are several soft skills are required in professional environment. Some of them include:
- Interpersonal skills
- Team spirit
- Social grace
- Business etiquette
- Negotiation skills
- Behavioural traits such as attitude, motivation and time management
Are you good at all of these? If your answer is yes, good for you.
However, if you feel there’s any place for improvement, then please go ahead and approach either a training organisation or a training consultant.
The truth is that who ever we are and whatever our lifestyle be like, honing our Soft skills can never ditch us! :-)