Whether it be in your classroom or in your workplace, your interpersonal skills will give you an edge to relate and connect with the people you meet. We've gathered the most crucial part of your social skills and gave tips on how to do or improve them!
Dependability is the attribute that exemplifies being relied on in any given situation. It starts from the smallest things to the biggest elements that we can think of. This attribute also relates to what type of team player we are in any given group. It relates to how responsible and consistent we are even without close supervision. Employers usually go for highly dependable employees since there is a high level of trust. This way, their time and focus is spent more on growth and development rather than micromanagement. Being punctual, meeting deadlines, and putting attention to detail are just some of the few things that make an employee highly dependable. Supporting your peers and colleagues also embodies dependability because it shows willingness to finish strong not just as an individual employee but also as a team.
Leadership may come natural for some people and learned for others. It means influencing thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes of others. Leading by example sets a tone and standard that a group follows. It is always better to walk the walk than just command and use words to lead. This takes intention in a whole new level because they translate those concepts into reality.
Having a positive attitude is often credited for individual success. As it furthers individual success, it also promotes a healthy dynamic between groups. Behaviors and attitudes can be be contagious (as they say tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are) and the same concept can apply in working as a team. It promotes higher productivity because when you have a positive attitude, you have the drive to set an finish goals. It also helps with the mindset of believing in your capabilities and overcoming dilemmas. Although sometimes it is a challenge to maintain this frame of mind, it is necessary to step back and give yourself time to rest. Taking real breaks once in awhile encourages balance in our thoughts and in our lives. To promote this kind of approach, it is good to have a journal. It encourages letting thoughts you would want to put out there without worrying about other people's judgement. It is also important to avoid gossip. Gossip is a habit that spreads negativity and untruthfulness (when word gets passed around, it may have added or eliminated context that can have a huge impact on the substance of the story). All of these helpful ways to cultivate a positive approach will help you in the workplace too.
Constant communication is a key element for humans to understand each other. It is the one giving value to our thoughts in this world. Without communication in general, we will never evolve into this modern era. Verbal communcation is the most direct form of doing so. Good verbal communication skills foster excellent relationships in general. This skill increases the ability of the individuals to share ideas, thoughts and concerns with each other. One of the many dilemmas of verbal communication in clouded judgement that leads to miscommunication. We can often times misundertand the context of the idea a person is trying to tell us because of our pre-established judgement against them. There are also several barriers of verbal communication such as cultural differences, timing, missing nonverbals, etc. A way to knock over these barriers is to think holistically of the situation and the choice of medium that you are about to use. Questions such as, "Is it the proper time and place to say this?" or "How will it sound for the other person?". We often times neglect to factor in small details that disrupt the context that we want the other person to grasp from us. A good way to enhance your verbal communication skills is to read more often. It sharpens our thought process and expands our vocabulary.
Self-awareness is the biggest factor in fostering growth for higher emotional intelligence and can lead to better self-control, communication, and confidence in decision making. If you are self-aware, you have the ability to observe your emotions and how they effect others which is key to effective teamwork. Another aspect of self-awareness is being able to recognize your own behaviors that hinder you from maximizing your full potential and finding ways to turn it around. Finding self-awareness can be challenging because it requires us to evaluate our decisions from an outside perspective and give a critique on what we can do better. One way to develop this skill is to practice mindfulness; moreover, mindfulness is that ability to focus your attention on present moments and emotions. For example, if you are feeling overwhelmed with thoughts take a moment to pay attention to the emotions you are feeling without judgement. This will allow you to identify emotions and actions you are not satisfied with and improve how you react to them, especially in the workplace.
Has anyone ever given you feedback that helped you improve and be better at a task? That's what we refer to as constructive criticism. Compared to negative criticism, constructive criticism acknowledges the positive aspects but also provides the person with specific actions that they can take to improve themselves. Many people might react with defensiveness or anger; but it's important to remember the value behind receiving constructive criticism. If you struggle with accepting constructive criticism, here are some steps you can take to do better. If your first reaction to constructive criticism is negativity, take a moment to stop reacting. Instead, just listen to what they have to say with no judgement. Acknowledge your boss or peer's intentions and note that they are trying to help you be your best self. This may be the hardest part but thank them for taking the time to give you advice (even if you don't agree). Lastly, process the feedback by asking the person any relative questions to gain clarity on the situation.
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