As organisations adapt to a new way of working...
...here are three often ignored soft skills that are crucial for professionals to stay ahead of the curve.
Creativity and flexibility:
According to a report from the World Economic Forum that looked at the future of jobs across nine different industries in 15 of the world’s largest economies, employers will soon be placing more emphasis on abilities like creativity and adaptability. Organisations need people who can be creative in how they think about solving problems. Those with cognitive flexibility skills adapt quickly and readily to change. They enjoy experimenting with new things and are able to consider multiple concepts simultaneously.
With the emergence of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the ability to recognise, understand and manage not just your own emotions, but also those of others, has become one of the top skills employers look for. Strong emotional intelligence allows us to understand and interact with our feelings in a way that helps us build quality relationships and effectively make decisions.
Developing leadership skills has never been more important. Those with such skills are more likely to get a salary increase, promoted, or selected to take on additional responsibilities. It’s important to note that leadership isn’t just about managing a team. It’s also about having the courage to do things taking on new roles that will expand your experience and being honest - telling people what they should hear, not what they want to hear.