Soft Skills taken are smart’ skills that will help you keep the job as opposed to technical hard’ skills that will help you get the job; accepting the above, would you weigh Emotional Intelligence (EI) high on the list of the soft skills and if so, would organizations be able to unlock their soft potential to focus on the ‘EI’ as a basis for achieving competitive advantage.
Let’s start with Time Management (TM) as a soft skill which amongst other habits focuses on overcoming procrastination and getting on with important tasks as a mental and physical skill. As such, the habit is learnable through practice and repetition until it locks into your sub conscience mind and becomes a permanent part of your behavior.
Furthermore, major reasons behind procrastination as a habit is the lack of clarity, competence & confidence in an individual which directs towards his or her cognitive ability. You’re Return on Energy (mental physical & emotional is directly proportional to your cognizance. Hence TM as a basic soft skill links with EI. Major reasons given behind procrastination are a lack of clarity, confidence and competence which can be mastered by improving your cognitive ability.
Let’s talk about Stress Management (SM) as a soft skill and before looking at stress reducing strategies, may I quote Socrates who said that “An unexamined life is not worth living”. Yet another, historic connection with EI! So what is EI and is that it? Well, there more….!!!
Take for instance, Sustainable Development, ‘the ability of the current generation to meet with the demands of the future generation without having to pay a cost’ or the domain where the economic, political & ecological domain meet. Simply put, What if there was a soft tool that could help countries avoid war and heal refugees’ situation, help different communities understand each other and to work more closely together and, care more about their environment and be a better global citizen? This soft’ is what I am talking about and needless to say – it’s called Emotional Intelligence (EI or EQ).
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