The Importance Of Soft Skills

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Introduction “Soft skills get little respect, but will make or break your career.” This popular quote from Peggy Klaus certainly gives an idea of the importance of these soft skills in one’s career. Also in Stephen Covey’s book ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ he states that in his career spanning more than 25 years in business, university and other fields, he has come in contact with several individuals who have achieved pinnacles of outward success but somehow have found themselves struggling with an inner hunger which includes a need for personal development and developing a healthy as well as effective growing relationship with people, (Covey, 1989). Directly or indirectly he explained the importance of these skills. One may question what does actually mean by this term, well soft skills can be defined as personal characteristics that enable an individual to interact effectively and harmoniously with other individuals. Ironically, for most of the people soft skills are the hardest to develop. Soft skills are different from other skills in the sense that unlike others, these cannot be completely indulged or crammed by anybody. These are fundamental for business and professional success. Corporate training and educational universities focus more on providing a technological, corporate and industrial information to their individuals in spite of the fact that these are the core elements for an employee to succeed in a business operation and businesses may
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