The Skill Set Every Business Leader Should Master

May 25, 2016

11:00 am

Succeeding in business involves a lot more than just understanding trends and having high sales figures. The most successful people in this industry have the tenacity, passion, and drive to keep going despite their failures and shortcomings.

So, what’s the secret behind finding success in business? Well, it comes down to soft skills.

Perfecting Your Soft Skills Set

When it comes to business, most people often think of hard skills as keys to success, no matter what industry they’re in. Hard skills, the technical and tangible elements of a job, are the most visible. Employers often look for these when conducting job interviews with potential employees.

But soft skills dive deeper beyond the surface of what’s required for a job or company role. Soft skills are the behavioral and subconscious actions that add to an individual’s strengths or weaknesses. For those in business, this can manifest in a variety of ways: whether you’re more comfortable hosting large events and meeting everyone in the room, or if your comfort zone rests more with behind-the-scenes work that makes a company run smoothly. Everyone’s soft skills are unique, but specific traits can add to the success of some business leaders over others.

According to Inc, these are the top soft skills that you should focus on developing for maximum success in business:

Self-Awareness

Knowing who you are and what you stand for is very important, especially as business continues to grow and develop. Some people may be more inspired by the industry trends, but staying resilient in what makes you unique against the competition will help you to stand out and create a positive reputation that you can continue to build as your brand develops.

Community-Focused

You can’t build a business without the help of other people. Whether it’s with hiring employees to help you with daily tasks or reaching out to investors and VCs, creating impactful relationships are crucial to gaining success in business.

Commit to reaching out to people in your network or that you admire. Spend time developing that relationship and developing a rapport. Focusing on building community rather than quick financial gain will give you a better foundation for business longevity.

Remaining Flexible

The business industry is constantly shifting. From trends to new inventions that better bridge business to other industries, being successful in business often comes down to remaining flexible. When the times comes that you hit a challenge, a frustrating slope when you want to peak, or just encounter disappointment and failure, staying flexible will help you learn from these experiences and be able to bounce back.

Staying afloat in a constantly-evolving industry is tough, but that’s a challenge that can help you grow if you can rise to meet it. Apply these tips to your own business model, and watch how big of an impact these seemingly small changes can bring.

Image credit to Startup Stock Photos / Stocksnap.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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