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What is a leader without followers? – A Personal Leadership Challenge

This week begins a new series of video blog posts where we will discover what it means to be a leader in todays environment… it really doesn’t matter what the environment is – it may be leading a sales team selling season’s tickets for a professional sports team….. you may be a lead or general supervisor in a manufacturing plant or mining operation…. You could be running a small office… the main thing is that you have the responsibility of managing people

over the next several weeks, we will cover a number of topics and ideas relating leadership, I look forward to any suggestions or /or comments and we will address them as we go. So please send them in by adding comments to the comments section below….

Soft Skills Blog Index

Here is the listing of blog entries written on the subject of Soft Skills.

So, What Are These Things Called “Soft Skills”?

Do you have the Soft Skills Required to be Successful?

Are Soft Skills Learned or Inborn?

Is Professionalism a Soft Skill?

Is communication the most important soft skill?

Nonverbal Communication – the Ultimate Soft Skill?

Listening… The Secret to Communication

Why Team Building is an Important Soft Skill

Using Soft Skills as a Member of a Team

The Soft Skill of Problem-Solving

Time (Personal) Management as a Soft Skill

Soft Skill Management of Time (Dr Who take note)

The Power of Flow: A Personal Management Soft Skill

The Myth of Multitasking

Keep Calm and… Attitude and Work Ethic

Is Being Self-Centered That Bad: Caring for Others vs Caring for Self

How Flexible Are You? The Soft Skill of Adaptability.

How Flexible Are You? The Soft Skill of Adaptability. Part II

How can Self-confidence drive success?

Soft Skills – Ability to Learn

How Do We Become Self-Aware?

The Core of Leadership is Self-Awareness – Being who you are.

Criticism and the Ability to Learn

The Soft Skill Art of the Critique

How to Network 101 – Some Lessons learnt

How to Network 102: Continuing to Learn

Building Trust

Soft Skills – Conclusion

Soft Skills – Conclusion

Over the past thirty weeks I have published a series of posts on Soft Skills: their development, the competencies they represents and the importance soft skills have in the workplace (or life in general, for that matter). I still like the following definition of Soft Skills because it is straight forward and concise: “’Soft Skills’ is a catch-all term referring to various behaviors that help people work and socialize well with others. In short, they are the good manners and personality traits needed to get along with others and build positive relationships. Unlike hard skills, which include a person’s technical skill set and ability to perform certain functional tasks, Soft Skills are broadly applicable across job titles and industries. It’s often said that hard skills will get you an interview but you need soft skills to get — and keep— the job.” http://searchcio.techtarget.com/definition/soft-skills. Soft Skills are “behaviors that help people work and socialize well with others”. To my mind, this hits the nail on the head.

I initially listed a catalog of soft skills as:

  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Showing empathy
  • Networking
  • Self-confidence
  • Giving and receiving feedback

Over the course of this series I also added:

  • Professionalism
  • Team-building
  • Problem solving
  • Time & personal management
  • Multitasking
  • Adaptabilty/Flexibilty
  • Self-awareness
  • The Ability to learn

This is a significant list of skills and I’m sure there are others that could be added.

The series has generated a lot of interest and over the course of it I have had many very positive and thoughtful comments, some of which provided me with insight to write additional content. I’m also very excited that this series on Soft Skills has also been picked up by two other Blog sites, which in turn has created significant interest.

Next week I start a new series of posts based on my coaching with leaders. Lessons I have learnt, stories that made me think and how behaviours can be shifted to make us be better leaders

You can find the full list of blogs on Soft Skills HERE