Key Skills – Must Haves

There are a lot of skills you don’t need.  You can be happy and successful without knowing how to rebuild a car’s engine, program a web application, or replace drywall.  Sure, these are useful skills to have, but they aren’t absolutely necessary.

There are other skills, however, that can’t be avoided – skills that tie into various aspects of everyday life, that are not only useful, but totally indispensable.  For instance, you can’t get far in today’s world without being able to read or write.  And today the ability use a computer proficiently is simply assumed.

Here is a list of top 10 must haves if you wish to sail through life smoothly.

  • Complex Problem Solving – Everyday, you have problems to solve at work. Develop your problem solving skills, so you can show that you’re a leader.
  • Critical Thinking – This is a skill that you use in every area of your life. Hone your critical thinking skills, so that you make better decisions.
  • Creativity – Hone your creativity skills by experimenting with different models. Why? You will solve problems more creativity, and make better decisions.
  • People Management – Learn people management skills so that you can help to develop those around you.
  • Coordinating with Others – Collaboration skills are more important today as more people work in groups. Learn how to work more effectively with others.
  • Emotional Intelligence – Emotional intelligence is more important than many technical skills. Learn the traits of emotionally intelligent people.
  • Judgement & Decision Making – Decision making has always been an important skills. These days with so much information, how can you make better judgements.
  • Service Orientation – These days many products are comparable, because that’a what customer’s demand. Service orientation may be the thing that gives you the edge.
  • Negotiation – You have to negotiate every day, personally and professionally. Hone your negotiation skills.
  • Cognitive Flexibility – How quickly are you able to switch from one task to the next. Hone your cognitive flexibility skills.

Whether you want to be a CEO some day or just great at your current job, self-improvement is for everyone. Look at working on these skills as a journey with endless possibilities for growth and insight, not a destination or a box to check so you can move on to the next one. Focusing on them throughout your career will get you ready to move up and keep you working at the top of your game in your current role.


17 Comments Add yours

  1. partysoverr says:

    this’ll help a lot, ty ❤

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    1. You are most welcome. Which one do you need to work on?


  2. hmaxwell217 says:

    Emotional intelligence,I like that

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    1. Emotional intelligence for leadership can consist of these five attributes: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, relationship management, and effective communication.


  3. Crystal says:

    Great post. You’re right about honing our skills. Very well written.

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    1. In his landmark book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the late author Stephen Covey identifies habit number seven as sharpening the saw. By that, he means working on self-improvement. More specifically, he means “having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.”. Glad this posts touched you. Gratitude.

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  4. Really interesting!! I’m looking forward to going deeper into some of these skills. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are most welcome again. We all should have a growth mindset.

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  5. I do like your list, however I wonder if there is another one that ties them all together, and that would be “Sense of Personal Life’s Purpose” It’s only when we have a firm understanding of what each of our purpose is in this life that allows us to encounter our struggles, disappointments, and heartbreaks with a confident mindset to know that even in the times when events are not going “our way,” we can feel satisfied that we are on the right road. Thoughts?

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    1. I agree with you. A life purpose is the first step to live your most conscious life. While you can be busy with a million tasks every day, when you don’t have a clear purpose, you may be heading down the wrong path. That’s because your goals may have nothing to do with your purpose, which means that you can pursue your current goals for the next 10, 20 years, only to realize that this isn’t what you wanted after all. As Stephen Covey once said, “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.”


  6. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    Yes, those are great soft skills to develop. We were just talking to a student how to work with people and understand how others think.



    On Sat, Apr 27, 2019 at 12:47 AM Be Inspired..!! wrote:

    > empress2inspire posted: ” There are a lot of skills you don’t need. You > can be happy and successful without knowing how to rebuild a car’s engine, > program a web application, or replace drywall. Sure, these are useful > skills to have, but they aren’t absolutely necessar” >

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    1. Oh great. This could be one of the articles which you could use for your students 🙂

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  7. Pratik Sinha says:

    Well that was needed info, for every generation. Hats off to you. Great info.♥️

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    1. Thank you Pratik for appreciating my posts. What does it take to succeed? A positive attitude? Well, sure, but that’s hardly enough. The Law of Attraction? The Secret? These ideas might act as spurs to action, but without the action itself, they don’t do much.
      Success, however it’s defined, takes action, and taking good and appropriate action takes skills. Some of these skills (not enough, though) are taught in school (not well enough, either), others are taught on the job, and still others we learn from general life experience.

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      1. Pratik Sinha says:

        There are tow types of people, 1. Who knows everything and never share anything to others, because they cant see other’s success. and ,,, 2. secondly, those who want to give and spread knowledge to everyone, and want everyone to walk with them and their success is that person’s wish. You are second type, who spread knowledge to everyone, and which is the best nature of humanity. Hats off to you, Great work. 🙂 ❤

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      2. Thank you 🙏🏼

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      3. Pratik Sinha says:

        😊You owe it., you deserve it. Welcome

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