When someone brings up important job skills, your mind probably jumps to coding, office programs, and the other stuff you’ve used to fill out your resume. However, it turns out that so-called “soft skills” — negotiating, building morale, and maintaining relationships — are far more important to a leader’s success.

If you’re interested in building those skills, we recommend the 2019 Soft Skills Master Class Bundle: 16 courses, over a thousand lessons and an altogether $2,514 value that we can offer you from the Goalcast store for just $19.99. It’ll teach you all the soft skills that make you stand out, including…

Accountability

A good leader (and any good worker) takes responsibility for their role in anything they work on. It also means paying attention to the big picture, and once you’re sure your portion of a task is done, you make sure that every other part of the task gets finished as well. Accountability shows that you care about the work you’re doing, care about the results, and care about the future of your company or organization.

Leadership

Even if you’re not in a leadership role, leadership skills can help you perform your job better and develop an improved awareness of your professional environment.

“Leadership” isn’t just telling people what to do. It’s convincing them that your ideas are worth pursuing, it’s presenting an image of yourself that’s trustworthy and compelling. It’s also about getting other people to do their own job better: a good leader is the type of person who’s effortlessly supportive and brings out the best in everyone around them. This is the kind of thing that doesn’t come naturally to everyone — but luckily, these skills can be taught.

Communication

Though it seems simple, “listening” is an extremely underutilized skill. The old adage that most people are just “waiting for their turn to talk” is especially true in the workplace. But if you can set your ego aside for a while and just listen to what other people are saying, you can improve your work environment and set yourself apart as someone who’s responsible and good to work with. The average person’s attention span is only 8 seconds — which means you just need to beat that to have an advantage.

Emotional Quotient

EQ is one of the more abstract skills on this list, but it basically refers to the ability to understand your own feelings and factor that into your decision making. Understanding when you’re too afraid, sad, or angry at work, you end up making the wrong decision.

You may not even know what emotion you’re feeling! People often confuse different emotions like anger and sadness, which only compounds the problem of acting emotionally. But if you can understand and even embrace your own feelings, you can actually use them to fuel you toward fulfilling your goals. 

Problem Solving

For this entry we don’t just mean solving problems, we mean solving problems no matter what. That means dealing with unexpected obstacles, a lack of resources, and anything else that makes today “not just another day at the office.” This is the chef who invents a new dish when his delivery brings the wrong ingredients or the teacher who gets their class interested in literature by bringing up rap lyrics and Harry Potter.

These soft skills, once learned, will help you stand apart from the crowd and truly shine as an individual. And they can all be learned right here, in the Soft Skills Master Class Bundle, for 99% off — again, that’s just $19.99. You might call that creative problem solving all on its own.