You can stay ahead in your career by brushing up on each of these 24 vital skills.
Whether you’re seeking your first job, a corporate executive, an entrepreneur, or a business owner the business skills you should master are the same.
- Self-Confidence: Nobody will have a higher opinion of you than you have of yourself. To get others to believe in you, you must believe in you.
- Positive Attitude: When times are tough—and they will be—your positive attitude will boost your morale and the morale of everyone you influence.
- Listening: Being a good listener is a sigh of respect and patience for others. It arguably is the number on people skill.
- Communication: Concise writing, careful listening, and effective speaking are things you cannot hide.
- Analytical: Develop the ability to see the big picture. Assess the situation, gather information, seek multiple perspectives, and apply sound judgement in making your decisions.
- Computer/Technical: If you don’t have these skills, get them or you will be left behind.
- Adaptability: Show your value by demonstrating a willingness to learn new skills and assume new responsibilities.
- People Skills: Work—anywhere really—is all about people. Learn to understand, accept, and get along with different personalities.
- Leadership/Management: Whether you’ve advanced to a management position or not, your leadership skills are important because they demonstrate initiative. Don’t wait to be told to do a job or take on a responsibility. A willingness to take the lead or solve a problem will get you noticed.
- Planning/Organization: Demonstrate your ability to take a task from beginning to end and finish it on time.
- Problem-Solving: Problem solving is important at all levels of an organization
- Teamwork: Valuable employees are team players committed tot he organization’s goals.
- Loyalty: Loyalty cuts both ways top to bottom, bottom to top. Every one feels better knowing who has their back.
- Integrity: This tops the list of personal values sought by both employers and employees.
- Flexibility: Be willing to leave your comfort zone.
- Dedication: Show you care. People don’t care much about what you know until they see how much you care.
- Reliability: Prove you can be counted on.
- Professionalism: This covers a host of behaviors from being fair and responsible to never being petty.
- Willingness to Learn: Jobs constantly change. Adopt the I.C.A.N. attitude: Improvement. Constant And Never-ending.
- Ability to Work Independently: A counter part of teamwork. Being a self-starter who performs well with minimal supervision distinguishes you in the workplace.
- Respect for Others: The way you treat people from bottom to top reflects on you. Treat everyone the same, with respect and courtesy.
- Patience: It’s easy to forget others when you’re concerned for yourself, but show respect for others by being patient.
- Willingness to Conduct Research: Go the extra mile to learn all you can, then question and verify what you’ve learned.
- Time Management: Effective time management ensures you will meet deadlines and goals. Avoid the tyranny of the urgent. Work on the important things, not just the urgent
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