Thinking about leading a team or rising through the leadership ranks at your company? Better check that your soft skills are sharp.
Among 14,000 respondents to a recent LinkedIn survey, more than half said that leaders need to have a full complement of soft skills in order to stay ahead of challenges like artificial intelligence and changing customer demands. The report revealed:
- 55% of respondents said a purpose-driven and caring mindset was the number one thing leaders should be striving for
- 51% of respondents said leaders would need to know how to be motivated, engaging, and inspiring
- 39% cited the need for emotional intelligence, which continues to reign as the most in-demand skill for any worker
- 34% said leaders must have good listening and communication skills
However, just over half (51%) of those polled said that their current leadership isn’t putting these skills into practice very well. Maybe that is why the top challenge for leaders (45%) is attracting and retaining talent.