Our education and professional experiences focus on technical, how to do it, skills. So, we progress from doer to manager to leader, primarily based on our technical competencies. This model of promotion has been in use for decades, but it is now obsolete. Few of us intentionally learn soft skills along the way, finding ourselves a bit overwhelmed when asked to work in complex teams or to assume a managerial or leadership role.
Employers have recognized the value of personality type, adaptability and flexibility in responding to change, emotional intelligence, trust, psychological safety, conflict management and the ability to manage time, stress and energy to meet organizational needs. None of these are technical skills. They are the soft skills, probably the most difficult skills to assess and learn – but critical to professional, and life, success. In fact, they are now being renamed Power Skills. Do you have what you need to succeed?
This certificate offers an extraordinary opportunity to spend some quality time with yourself to assess your current level of soft skills, clearly define your core self, and build soft skills which are essential to professional, not to mention life, success.
In this certificate program, you will consider what makes a positive workplace where people can do their best; assess who you are now and set goals for who you’d like to become, emotions and emotional intelligence, strengths, personality type, and values-based decision-making, a key to critical thinking.
In the second certificate in this series, you will have the opportunity to consider time/stress/energy management, thinking style, psychological capital, approach to change, conflict styles and methods, and communication styles and methods. Make the commitment now to invest in your personal and professional development.
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