Soft Skills and their importance

Soft skills are based on personal and interpersonal relationships and cannot be given a perfect definition as such nor can be measured. Soft skills are not theory based. They are the positive traits expected in a good human being and have to be developed as a habit. One may or may not be born with all positive traits, but if you have the basic attitude, you can learn from your mistakes and surroundings. You have to practice soft skills so that they get imbibed in your character. They should be allowed to gradually seep into your behavior. Soft skills can be developed if you are willing to unlearn the negative traits in you and approach life with a fresh perspective.

There are certain personality traits like respect for others, common sense, responsibility, integrity, sense of humor, optimism, personal habits, hygiene, friendliness etc which we find as existing in a person.

One main problem is that the significance of these soft skills is usually undervalued, and there is very less training being provided for these. This is because, all companies tend to expect their employees to know how to behave on the job. They often presume that every individual has a reasonable understanding of how important it is to be on time, working as a team, taking initiatives and bring out excellent quality work.

The importance of soft skills can be understood through the ways in which you work in key areas of your profession. Here are 4 major contributions of soft skills:

  • Making you an effective communicator
  • Helping you emerge as a strong leader
  • Helping you develop lateral thinking
  • Helping you become a keen listener
  • Facing and analyzing problems differently
  • Thinking with different perspectives