What are Soft Skills & Why You Need Them
Communication skills are always top of the ‘essential
skills’ list in any job advertisement. People with strong
communication skills can build relationships (from the initial
building rapport through to a longer-term relationship),
listen well, and vary their communication to suit the
circumstances. If you spend time on nothing else,
work on your communication skills.
Valued by employers for many reasons, being able to
make decisions is key to getting on in life. Sometimes
the actual decision doesn’t even matter; what matters
is that you have made one and moved on.
People who are self-motivated get on by themselves.
They don’t need close supervision and they are good to
work with because they are generally positive about life
and can be counted upon to keep going. It also helps to
work on your personal resilience and adaptability to
These are the set of soft skills that we least expect
someone to develop by themselves. There are many
leadership training courses available and much has
been written about how to develop your leadership skills.
Our leadership skills pages describe many of the skills
needed for effective leadership and how to develop
your leadership style.
Like leadership skills, there are many training
courses to teach you how to work well in a team.
However, there is also plenty of thinking to suggest
that good communication skills, particularly good
listening skills, together with an ability to build
rapport will go a long way to support your ability
to work well in a team.
Creativity and problem-solving skills are highly
valued because they are hard to develop. There
are many people who believe that creative thinkers
are born, not made, and there are certainly some
people who find these skills much easier. But, like
other skills, you can develop them if you work to do
so and our pages on these topics will give you some
ideas about how to do this.
Many would say that these two skills, which often
go hand-in-hand, are more an attitude than a skill.
However they can also be developed and
honed, which is why we include them as skills.
Highly valued by employers, they are also very
useful for organizing a family or a team, and for
making sure that the job gets done.