Mitzi Ilagan | ExecutiveChronicles.com
Diplomas, medals, appearance or even years of experience aren’t the secret ingredients of being successful. Yes, the matter, but this won’t really take to further that you expect. It takes action, and action requires skills, most especially soft skills or “people skills” to have a successful career. If you want to take the lead in your workplace, here are the skills that you need to possess in order to do it.
- Communication skills
This does not necessarily mean that you have to be a communications major. The most important thing for a successful career is knowing how to listen. It is one way to build trust within your workmates because when you interact, he would see that you really are interested in what he is saying. you don’t need to panic about what you are going to say after he stops talking because you were attentive, and being attentive would mean that you’d get t understand because what he is talking about merely passes through your ears, but is being absorbed by your brain. But when you start to hear more jargons than you expect, you could always ask for clarifications.
- Creativity and resourcefulness
Upon receiving a task with a strict deadline, the internet suddenly disconnects. Would you start to cram and then cry? That’s when your creative juice should do its work. Sometimes, the greatest ideas flood your mind when you are working under pressure. You just need to find ways to be productive out of what you have, and you’ll probably get surefire ways to solve your problems.
- Networking skills
This doesn’t really mean business in general. As information cross all walks of life every day, you should be able to create your network where ideas and information flow and are shared, even if you are on an entry-level job.
When you feel angry at someone who doesn’t cooperate that much and seems to be problematic, you need to know that everyone has a story to tell. It is easy to say that you shouldn’t bring your problems at work but not all people could confidently and comfortably do that. You should be able to put yourself in someone’s shoes for you to be able to understand why they act like how you observe. It would help you develop your work relationships and knowledge of other people’s motives and actions.
It’s always best to be ready for worst-case scenarios. If anything goes wrong with something that you’ve done or led, taking responsibility is a must. You don’t have to blame other people for it and even make excuses to be safe. Also, you have to make sure that everything that you say yes to must be accomplished. Setting your priorities is needed for a successful career.
This may not be easy to achieve, but being flexible at work could result to productive outcomes. You should be able to know when you should be a strict boss, a humble workmate, a consistent client or a funny friend outside the workplace, depending on the context and situation. In this way, you could act and respond accordingly given the setting.