87 Soft Skills: The Big List

Decorative: Word cloud on "soft skills" theme

 

"87 Soft Skills (The Big List)" (post) lists "skills that are difficult to systemize and automate ... [but] that define leadership and creativity" and, as such, are essential for our students today.

  • Sorted into seven general categories, this "Big List" provides specific "soft-skill" terms that may be searched online, on Lynda.com, or on other instructional sites to find useful resources -- videos, articles, exercises, activities, etc.-- that will help students master these hard-to-measure, but indispensable competencies.

1. Communication Skills

  • Verbal Communication 
  • Body Language 
  • Physical Communication 
  • Writing 
  • Storytelling 
  • Visual Communication 
  • Humor 
  • Quick-wittedness 
  • Listening 
  • Presentation Skills 
  • Public Speaking 
  • Interviewing 

2. Leadership

  • Team Building 
  • Strategic Planning 
  • Coaching 
  • Mentoring 
  • Delegation 
  • Dispute Resolution 
  • Diplomacy 
  • Giving Feedback 
  • Managing Difficult Conversations 
  • Decision Making 
  • Performance Management 
  • Supervising 
  • Managing 
  • Manager Management 
  • Talent Management 
  • Managing Remote Teams 
  • Managing Virtual Teams 
  • Crisis Management 

3. Influencing

  • Facilitation 
  • Selling 
  • Inspiring 
  • Persuasion 
  • Negotiation 
  • Motivating 
  • Collaborating 

4. Interpersonal Skills

  • Networking 
  • Interpersonal Relationships 
  • Dealing with Difficult People 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Personal Branding 
  • Office Politics 

5. Personal Skills

  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • Self Awareness 
  • Emotion Management 
  • Stress Management 
  • Tolerance of Change and Uncertainty 
  • Taking Criticism 
  • Self Confidence 
  • Adaptability 
  • Resilience 
  • Assertiveness 
  • Competitiveness 
  • Self Leadership 
  • Self Assessment 
  • Work-Life Balance 
  • Friendliness 
  • Enthusiasm 
  • Empathy 

6. Creativity

  • Problem Solving 
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Innovation 
  • Troubleshooting 
  • Design Sense 
  • Artistic Sense 

7. Professional Skills

  • Organization 
  • Planning 
  • Scheduling
  • Time Management
  • Meeting Management
  • Technology Savvy
  • Technology Trend Awareness
  • Business Trend Awareness
  • Research
  • Business Etiquette
  • Business Ethics 
  • Diversity Awareness 
  • Disability Awareness
  • Intercultural Competence 
  • Training 
  • Train the Trainer 
  • Process Improvement 
  • Knowledge Management
  • Writing Reports and Proposals 
  • Customer Service 
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking 
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