What are Soft Skills?

Soft Skills may be defined as “Personal Attributes” that enhance an individual’s interactions, job performance and career prospects. Unlike hard skills, which are about a person’s skill set and ability to perform a certain type of task or activity, soft skills are interpersonal and are important for every employee regardless of the position he / she holds in an organization.

Soft skills are described by using terms often associated with personality traits and abilities that can be practiced, but require the individual to genuinely like other people.

Many behavioral training experts say that there are several soft skills that are required to be developed in an individual aspiring to go up the ladder in any organization. Some of them include:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team spirit
  • Social grace
  • Business etiquette
  • Negotiation skills
  • Behavioral traits such as attitude, motivation and time management

Do you have these skills? If the answer to this question is “Yes”, good for you. But if the answer is “No”, then you know it is time to approach either a training organization or a training consultant.

Soft skills play a vital role for professional success. They help one to excel in the workplace and their importance cannot be undermined in this age of information, technology and knowledge. Good soft skills, which are in fact scarce in the highly competitive corporate world, will help you stand out amongst a crowd of routine job seekers with mediocre skill sets and talent.

Training on soft skills becomes all the more relevant in a country like India where the education system does not delve into personality development.

Soft skills are increasingly becoming the hard skills of today’s work force. It’s just not enough to be highly trained in technical skills, without developing the softer, interpersonal and relationship-building skills that help people to communicate and collaborate effectively.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help a man with the wrong mental attitude – W. W. Ziege.

That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well. – Abraham Lincoln

Soft skills are becoming more critical than ever as organizations struggle to find meaningful ways to remain competitive and be productive. Teamwork, leadership, and communication are underpinned by soft skills development. Since each is an essential element for organizational and personal success, developing “Soft Skills” is very important and does matter… a lot!