**Want to get promoted? Work on your people skills** (Part 1)

Most people want to do well at work and get promoted.

Survey says: CEO’s consider ‘soft’ skills of leadership very important

How important are people skills in the workplace? People skills are very important according to a recent CEO survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) of over 1,300 CEO’s from 77 countries published in Jan 2015. Page 34 of the survey says:

“More than anything, the CEOs we talked to this year stressed the ‘soft’ skills of leadership… Above all though, perhaps the quality CEOs most need to master is humility. By being humble while leading, a CEO will be able to listen and learn from the team they have built around them.”

People in management level needs to learn people/soft skills

Many highly competent people overlook the importance of people/soft skills, and their lack of people skills unfortunately is the reason they don’t get promoted into management level. Some people are technically brilliant in front of a computer or doing their part on a project, but when they get promoted to be a manager and are expected to lead people, they need to learn how to communicate, motivate, and lead a team effectively.

How do you learn soft skills?

Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first? The bad news is formal education will not teach you soft skills much, but participating in school clubs and joining the executive teams can teach you lots of people skills. The good news is, you can learn it on your own. The best resource I’ve found is the all-time classic “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, with millions of copies sold. It should be available in audio format. This is a timeless resource that applies yesterday, today, tomorrow, and as long as human beings continue to exist, it will be applicable. After you learn the skills, apply it as often as you can to perfect the skills.

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