The Importance of Soft Skills for Leading People Successfully 63

The Importance of Soft Skills for Leading People Successfully

This is a guest post by Kate Funk – a passionate self-improvement geek, always searching for the new ways to upgrade her professional and personal skills. She’s currently managing a team of writers at Aussiessay, trying to discover all the secrets of a successful leader.

While the technical and all other skills are important in leading to any job today, it seems that some other, smaller skills are forgotten or undervalued. Some of them are not just mentioned in any lesson on holding the company and many people, even if they work with the other people, haven’t realized how important it is to have some soft skills in managing people.

For many managers, good stuff means that they finish their job in time, produce high quality of work, not start any problems and troubles in the company and have good monthly results. They also can bring some initiative in the new jobs, think further than daily obligations, imagine more than their bosses and always be friendly in daily communication.

All of these features are expected from the normal employee, but does anyone think how to improve them? Yes, they can be brought in any normal company from almost every employer, but the skills of improving and making these skills have to be learned. Don’t worry, that’s not big knowledge, but those skills have to be said and listed.

But, what  does having managing skills actually mean today? For the experts, every person can have these skills, but with some preparing for basic behavior. That person will have:

  • Great communication skills.

While other people just need to know how to put the special screw in a special place, this person must know how to approach the people, with all possible problems in communication.

The main problem in companies can also be a problem in communication between employees, and a manager must teach them how to talk to each other.

Related: How to Speak Successfully to Gain Attention and Respect

  • Good attitude.

He mustn’t hate his job, employees, and boss. He mustn’t spend a long time talking about the problems with the other employers, salary, weather or any other important thing. He has to love his job and transfer that to his colleagues.

  • Has great work ethic.

While some newbie can hate his job or feel pressed with the new obligations he has, the manager must be perfect at a job in every circumstance.

He mustn’t late on the job every morning, but also must accept every new decision of the boss, or the new plan and idea of the bosses. He must look like he is glad because of the success of his bosses, but also teaches his employees how to feel the same thing – honestly.

Related: 7 Ways to Increase Productivity in The Workplace

  • He also has all personal features which put him on the top among the other employees.

But, that doesn’t mean that he has to be conceited. He can show how the satisfied and fulfilled person looks like, mostly thanks to the job.

Related: 7 Qualities to Develop to Get Promoted

All of these facts are present in a small percent of the people in companies, and just some of them are aware of the meaning and functioning of them in normal life. Those who learned this on time became the leaders and good managers.

How can you learn these skills easily? Here are some tips:

How to Lead People Successfully

1. Be nice and good in communication.

Be it with clients, employees, and bosses. That can look hard at first, but after a while, you’ll see that saying a nice word or just supporting the people you’re working with on some hard task can improve your trust and communication with them.

2. Spend time with other visionaries, but not leaders.

Surround yourself with the people who have the same vision as you, but not with those who want to be leaders.

A good manager is one who helps his employees finish the job, not those who want to push them and forget their success and contribution.

3. Learn how to resolve every conflict very fast.

A bad atmosphere in the company is not good in the long-term. That’s why it’s important to avoid all problems, but not to forget them.

Even the smallest problem and misunderstanding has to be resolved, so the employees know the situation. If someone hates someone else and nobody resolves that, it will grow into a big issue after a while.

Related: 7 Tips for Protecting Yourself at Work

4. Start to think creatively.

That’s not hard at all. It can be a problem in the beginning, but after a while, you’ll be able to imagine the whole picture in your head.

But, don’t consider them a fairy tale. Those are pictures of your successful job, great result and leading among the other companies. Imagine the goal and the path to that.

5. Learn how to adapt people to new circumstances.

Sometimes, you’ll need to change something, big or small, and realize that it’s a bigger problem than you thought. People actually don’t want to change their habits, and you should teach them how to accept the changes.

So what do you think about the importance of such soft skills when it comes to leadership and leading people in the workplace?

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!


This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.