Some of the most important skills you need to have in the workplace aren’t taught in your general school curriculum, and are instead developed through experience working with and alongside others. Interpersonal skills and other “soft” skills are what can make or break your ability to carve out the career you want for yourself.
The good news is that you can improve both your broader interpersonal skills and your role-specific skills through concerted, consistent efforts. Whether you need to step up your game when it comes to leadership, adaptability, communication style, analytical thinking or something else, there are ways to tap into the knowledge others have and develop that part of yourself.
Great learners turn into great leaders -- and you can’t learn if you aren’t self-aware. Continuously gathering meaningful and actionable feedback from those you work with can help you see your blind spots and growth opportunities you may not have otherwise perceived. You also prevent yourself from stagnating or getting “locked in” a position because you aren’t changing to meet the needs of your industry, company, team, or clients.
Improving your professional skills is also the best route to job satisfaction. Soft skills transfer easily from one job to another, so developing these skills can offer you freedom of choice when it comes to your career trajectory. The confidence and flexibility you acquire and exhibit can help unlock many doors.
Matter helps you request and receive actionable and constructive feedback from everyone you work with, including your peers, managers, clients and customers, and team members to make personal and professional growth easier. Through 360-degree feedback, you gain the advantage of a constant stream of new ideas and perspectives. You can use the information to strengthen the business relationships you have and build new ones. You can also figure out what goals you need to set for yourself in order to become the best version of yourself possible.
If you’re tired of struggling with the same roadblocks to success over and over again, find out more about how to improve your performance in your role. Change your perspective to a growth mindset, and take the initiative toward change by gathering feedback with Matter today!
There are numerous soft skills and abilities beyond the job description that help freelancers promote themselves, acquire new clients, build lasting relationships with the clients they already have, and keep their business flowing and growing.