Skills And Abilities Library
Success in the workplace, and in life, comes down to a lot more than just the skills you have to get a job done. The way you communicate and work with others, how well you can solve problems, and the way you lead, support, and influence the people you work with are great examples of ”soft skills” that may not be measurable but make a big impact on your ability to reach your full potential.
While these skills and abilities are just as important, if not more so, than the technical or creative skills you need to simply do your job, they aren’t often focused on in company trainings or educational programs. Without an emphasis on paying attention to and providing feedback for these skills, it can be difficult to actively develop them in a way that keeps you continuously making steps forward to your dream career and lifestyle.
Take Stock of Your Professional Soft Skills
At Matter, we understand that with a focus on these less-tangible skills entire teams and organizations can transform into incredible organizations, one professional at a time.
The first step is to consider what these soft skills actually are, and where you stand with each one. We’re sure you can list a few soft skills and abilities that contribute to the best leaders and performers in your organization, but are there others that can be cultivated with a little effort that could push you up to the next level?
Below is our library of all the professional soft skills and abilities that have commonly been referenced in our discussions with professionals at all levels. Each reference is filled with relevant information about each specific skill or ability, including a definition of the skill, how it applies to the workplace, and what practical steps you can take to improve it.
Embrace a mindset of growth, and take the initiative to develop these skills and reach your full potential!
- Analytical Thinking: Applies logical thinking to solve complex problems.
- Body Language: Uses engaging and approachable gestures, facial expressions, and postures.
- Candor: Communicates in a truthful and in a straightforward manner.
- Coaching: Provides guidance to help others achieve their goals.
- Code Quality: Writes long-term useful and long-term maintainable code.
- Communication: Clearly conveys information to others (written or verbal).
- Delegation: Assigns manageable tasks, responsibilities, and authority to others appropriately.
- Design Thinking: Utilizes the design thinking methodology to solve problems and create solutions.
- Empathy: Possesses the ability to connect with other people’s thoughts and emotions.
- Hiring: Convinces talented people to join your team and/or company.
- Inclusiveness: Creates an environment that values individual and group differences.
- Influence: Convinces others to listen and do things that positively impact the team or company
- Leadership: Leads, motivates, and inspires your team and/or company.
- Listening: Attends to the speaker in a way that displays interest and enthusiasm.
- Multitasking: Handles more than one task at the same time with ease.
- Presentation Skills: Delivers effective, understandable, and engaging presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Productivity: Accomplishes an above average amount of work without excessive stress.
- Project Management: Leads a team project from inception to completion.
- Public Speaking: Speaks to a live audience in an informative, persuasive, and entertaining manner.
- Resilience: Recovers quickly from difficulties or setbacks.
- Resourcefulness: Overcomes challenging problems in an effective way.
- Responsiveness: Provides follow-up to peers’ requests for information or assistance without delay.
- Social Media Management: Conveys one’s brand, company, or personal views in an effective way via social channels.
- Storytelling: Creates an engaging oral or written message that contains a lesson via a narrative.
- Strategic Thinking: Develops effective plans that are aligned with an organization’s mission.
- Supportiveness: Listens and provides help for individual or team in an encouraging, sensitive manner.
- Technical Acumen: Grasps the technical details required to lead a project.
- Technical Leadership: Ensures strong technical decisions are made while leading a project.
- User Research: Uses investigatives methods to understand and empathize with customers.
- Verbal Communication: Speaks effectively using appropriate vocal tone, speed, volume, and vocabulary.
- Vision: Possesses innovative ideas about how things can be vastly improved in the future.