A reputed software company is gearing up for a client visit from Europe. Ravi Kumar is the team lead and chief programmer for the project. He is to present the finished project to the client. The clients indicated that they would like to select one team member for a stint onsite – something almost every software engineer aspires for. Ravi is an engineering graduate from the best institute in India and has also done an MBA degree from one of the top B schools. His educational qualification earned him this job at once and he has been a successful software engineer for the past 7 years. He and his team have done a wonderful job on the project. Ideally, he expects to be selected. Unfortunately though, after the project is presented to the client, his junior programmer gets the offer and not him. The question is why? With an academic background and work experience as such, he would be an asset to the client. But his concerns were his interpersonal skills. Or what in management lingo is called ‘Soft Skills’.
This is a typical scenario in an IT industry or any industry where employees like Ravi suffer from lack of interpersonal skills.
Are technical skills enough?
Technical and job related skills are undoubtedly essential but they are not sufficient if soft skills are lacking. Soft skills play a pivotal role to move up the corporate ladder. Along with being knowledgeable and technically sound, management nowadays expects the employees to be proactive and street smart. It takes soft skills for smart execution of theory or an idea since it involves handling people directly.
From dealing with a team mate to a different departmental manager, to front ending clients, your interpersonal skills are what ultimately make you stand out of the clutter and help you move up in your career.
Soft skills that you must have Communication
- Team spirit
- Social grace
- Business etiquette
- Negotiation skills
- Behavioral traits such as attitude, motivation and time management
Do you possess all or any of these skills? If your answer is yes, you have a strong profile, but if not, then you might want to acquire some with professional training. It might sound unworkable but there are online programs, workshops and training sessions which help you build your soft skills. Distance learning programs offered by many institutes also provide opportunity to hone your soft skills.
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