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20 Soft Skills That Will Put You Ahead in Your Career in 2017

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The people who will get ahead the fastest have the strongest “soft” skills.

 

They are the ones who posses these essential traits and skills for Job Success

  • Proactive in taking ownership of a job and doing the right things without having to be told.
  • Assertiveness in pushing the status quo.
  • Courage in challenging bad ideas, bad decisions and bad processes.
  • Influencing others who are not direct reports especially peers, people in other functions and executives, to make difficult decisions.
  • Coaching and helping others especially when they’ll get no credit for it and when it takes extra time.
  • Managers who spend extra time to build, develop and motivate their team members to get better.
  • Consistently making commitments and taking responsibility for delivering. And without making excuses when things go wrong.
  • Collaborating, negotiating and reaching agreement with cross-functional teams on challenging and competing objectives.
  • Problem-solving, creative and strategic thinking skills that address root cause and best solutions given the constraints.
  • Organizational and project management skills to ensure complex team tasks are completed successfully.
  • Taking the initiative and doing more than required with limited direction.
  • Communications skills to present ideas clearly and distinctly to the required audiences.
  • Customer service skills including being cooperative, supportive and understanding, regardless of who the customer is.
  • Cultural fit with the hiring manager’s style, the pace of the organization and the values of the company. Flexibility in dealing with changing situations and with different people.
  • Resilient in handling the all too frequent setbacks.
  • Continuous self-development recognizing that if you’re not getting better you’re falling behind.
  • Having the vision to see what needs to get done and then getting it done. When combined with all of the above it’s called leadership.
  • Listening and withholding judgement until all of the facts are heard.
  • Willing to change an opinion based on new facts.
  • Openly willing to take criticism and be coached and adjusts and improves behavior accordingly.

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