When your peers and competitors are as qualified and as competent as you are, then how do you create a differentiator for yourself in the workplace? Some would go get an MBA or another higher degree, do additional certification courses, join professional institutes and similar other activities; but rarely does one think of focusing on the career and life skills that help create an insurmountable differentiator called soft skills.
An internet search on the word, soft-skills, will throw a definition that goes like this – ‘a combination of interpersonal people skills, social skills, communication skills, character traits, attitudes, career attributes, social intelligence and emotional intelligence quotients among others that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills’.
This book is a primer on the most essential soft skills that you can, or rather should, learn to help you in your career progression and professional growth. As more and more of the jobs gets standardized, automated or disrupted with onslaught of technologies, these skills will give you a consistent and constant advantage amongst your peers. The added benefit is that this competitive advantage continues to grow as you put them in daily practice and master the skills over time.
Although the book is targeted toward working professionals; every reader – students, individuals, business owners – will also benefit from it.