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What are Soft Skills & Why You Need Them


Communication Skills

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.


Making Decisions

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.


Self Motivation

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



Leadership Skills

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.


Team-Working Skills

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

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.


Time Management and Ability

to Work Under Pressure

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.


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