According to an article in Psychology Today magazine, The Partnership for 21st Century Learning interviewed thousands of the world’s most respected employers and asked two questions:
1) what are the skills critical to success in the modern workplace
2) what skills do new hires lack. Of the roughly 100 skills surveyed, “leadership” ranked in the top 10. It also showed the second greatest skill deficit in recent college graduates (second only to “written communication”). Roughly 28% of graduates are described as “deficient” with only a small fraction deemed highly skilled.
So why not start developing leadership skills while in high school so by the time she hits college, your daughter will be poised to succeed upon graduation? How should your daughter go about developing her leadership skills while in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades?
Leadership requires practice, and a place to practice them. Great outlets your daughter can sharpen her leadership skills include volunteering (which provides a double benefit - growing as a leader and showcasing her servant leadership), at school in a club, group or participating in a sport, or at your family church. Looking to lead should also be in line with things your daughter would do for free (read: what she's passionate about).
A good leader has mastered a set of ten (10) soft skills that will help them to do what leaders do, leverage social influence to maximize the efforts of others toward the achievement of a greater good.
Before I share the list, let's start with a quick definition on what soft skills are vs. hard skills.
Hard skills are skills gained through education, training programs, certifications. For example, a plumber would need to know how install new pipes if your kitchen sink needed repair or a computer programmer should know coding to say build an app or a website.
Soft skills are more interpersonal, personality traits, inherent social cues, and communication abilities that characterize how a person interacts in relationships with others.
So, on to the list of soft skills your daughter should develop that will sharpen her leadership skills directly with people and, that she can include on her resume to show how great of a leader she's been!
Ten Soft Skills That Define a Leader
1. Strong Communication Skills
2. Ability to Delegate
3. Positive Attitude
4. Give & Receive Feedback
5. Be Responsible
10. Motivate Others