Why Soft Skills Are Your Superpower
Soft skills are often overlooked and underrated because we’re taught to focus on building “hard” technical skills. Soft skills are what set you apart when you’re up against equally talented individuals. Soft skills make you a better teammate, which amplifies your impact.
Soft skills are harder to teach and automate
It is more straightforward to advance your hard skills and learn the technical parts of a job. It ultimately comes down to time, instruction, and practice. Follow a set of instructions enough times and you will likely get better.
Soft skills are much harder to learn and teach because they usually come from within. How would your supervisor teach you problem solving skills or self-motivation? While AI and technology get better at replicating the technical tasks of a job, you can still stand out by demonstrating your soft skills like emotional intelligence, leadership, and adaptability.
Amplify your impact through effective collaboration
As amazing as it is for you to be an individual who can get stuff done, you also need to do it in a way that doesn’t make life harder for others. Strong soft skills result in better collaboration, making you more productive and impactful to the company. Knowing how to build relationships also helps you resolve conflicts more effectively and personally advance in your career.
Career progression and growth
Soft skills are critical to your career progression and managers often prefer candidates that demonstrate strong soft skills. People are usually more successful in leadership roles when they can complement their technical knowledge with soft skills like problem solving and active listening.
Whatever role you are in, having soft skills will make you stand out and become more successful. Figure out what areas you need to develop, find opportunities to build and practice your soft skills, and get feedback so you can keep improving. Good luck!