There are two kinds of skills leaders possess for which they are rated for. Followers and keen observers look out for these skills in all leaders. They are hard skills and soft skills.
Hard skills are quantifiable, measurable and tangible skills which a leader acquires through formal training, experiences and performance which qualifies an individual for a job or a leadership role.
Soft skills are individual attributes, attitudes and habits that makes an individual relate well with others, generate positive and recognizable differences.
The following reasons show why soft skill possession is a must for any leader with a vision to have a reach and impact in their assignments.
1 It is the measure followers use in perceiving the intentions of the leader. People don’t follow a leader because of how much they know. They follow them based on how they can use what they know to significantly impact their lives.
- It is the key for social connection with other people. Soft skills are what leaders use to connect with their people. The team or followers will identify with a leader who share the same feelings, sentiments, humor and laughter over a matter the same way they do.
- It is the social magnet that attracts talent to the leader. Some individuals wonder why people flock around a leader, while others are practically begging for followers. The secret is their usage of social skills.
- Secret key for building rapport and agreeableness. How do leaders build rapport and agreeableness among their team? They identify common themes and use daily topical issues to open discussions.
- It unlocks the doors to many solutions. Soft skills help a leader to evolve bottom to top solutions. Just sitting with the team and asking them their opinion about what is going on helps the leader to hear their perspectives and their solutions.
- Greatest key to adaptability and change. Soft skills mean the leader like can adapt easily, adjust their activities and change to meet the challenges of the hour and/or the expectations of their teams.
- It teaches you how to think on your feet. Many times, a situation may arise during meetings, functions or engagements that the leader didn’t plan for. The mastery of soft skills helps the leader to creatively come out of the ugly situation by thinking on their feet.
- It moderates your reaction to bad news. Soft skills help a leader to react to bad news during conferences, staff meetings or conventions. Using soft skills, the leader is ably placed to announce these sad occurrences without creating bitterness or worsening the situation.
- Helps you get noticed and gain visibility from leaders. A leader highly skilled in the usage of soft skills will win the admiration of their superiors and gain visibility. As a leader climbs the career ladder, what counts for them the most is their soft skills, and this differentiates them from their contemporaries.