People Skills Are More in Demand Than Ever
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Why are people skills so important?
It’s a competitive job market today. People skills are one of the key ingredients that will make employers want to hire you.
Over 50 years ago, Napoleon Hill wrote his classic work on the philosophy of success, Think and Grow Rich. He listed these people skills that leaders possess:
- A pleasing personality
- Sympathy and understanding
He also listed 10 qualities that lead to failure, including:
- Unwillingess to render humble service
- Intemperance (lack of moderation)
Let’s fast forward to the present. At beginning of 2014, John Maxwell wrote an article entitled “Maximum Leadership.” He stated: “Of all the people who get hired in the next 18 months, 46 percent will fail.” That figure really surprised me.
People fail because they don’t have the right attitude
According to Maxwell, today’s top companies are looking for outstanding people with the best people skills. Companies are becoming more and more selective in whom they hire.
If you don’t have the right people skills, you are not even going to get hired. Companies such Sony Corp and Southwest Airlines are good examples of companies being more selective. They don’t want to waste their time on candidates without the right people skills. They realize it’s people that make their companies great.
In the career section, the Sony Corp FAQ might mention education, experience and skill sets. You can be sure, however, that you need the right people skills. They will set you apart from others with similiar or even better education and experience.
You need to be:
- Coachable. Be teachable and open to constructive criticism.
- Emotionally intelligent. Learn the capacity to understand, assess, and manage your emotions and those of others.
- Motivated. Be enthusiastic and passionate about what you do.
- Caring. Be concerned about the welfare of others.
- Service-oriented. Ask yourself how you can be of service to others.
- Cooperative. Be open to the interests of the team and the company.
- Pleasant. Be fun to be with both at work and outside the office.
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