Skills that aren’t ‘soft’

What kind of skills do you need in your white collar job?

If you’re at the entry level, you need ‘hard skills’ such as accounting, content writing, web designing and programming. Most of these skills are recent ones considering the arc of human progress.

As you climb the ladder, you need more ‘soft skills’ such as presenting, public speaking and listening. These timeless skills have been around, in one form or the other, for all of human history. And yet, we call them ‘soft skills’.

As Seth Godin says, the term ‘soft skills’ is misplaced. Why don’t we call them real skills, or leadership skills instead?


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