We’ve often heard that good leaders know how to do certain things like cast vision, create strategy, build strong teams, speak well publicly and fundraise. While these are critical for good leadership, many are recognizing that the most impactful leaders also possess certain soft skills.
Soft skills are the personal attributes leaders need in order succeed in relationships. Most of us can think of individuals who seem to have all of the right stuff as leaders, but fail when it comes to leading people. Unfortunately, “hard skills” often get more attention because they are easier to spot. And it’s likely that the hard skills have a diploma or certificate that goes with them. For example, I’ve known people with Doctorates in leadership, but as my Dad would say, “they couldn’t lead anyone out of a wet paper bag.” Why? They lacked the soft skills of leadership. Hard skills require a certain amount of aptitude but soft skills require a certain attitude and mindset. When it comes to impactful leadership, degrees, certificates and years of experience are important but they aren’t enough. The intangible and essential qualities that enable a leader to interact with others are often the game-changers in organizational leadership. Read more!