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Soft Skills Education: What are Soft Skills and How Can They Improve My Relationships?
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What are soft skills and why are they so important? Soft Skills is a term used to describe a person’s “EQ” (Emotional Intelligence Quotient), the cluster of personality characteristics, social graces, communication and language skills, personal habits, and friendliness that characterize relationships with other people. A concept developed by Daniel Goleman, soft skills complement hard skills (part of a person’s Intelligence Quotient or IQ) which are traditionally the requirements of an occupation or any educational pursuit. A person’s soft skill EQ is an important part of their individual contribution to the success of an organization and vibrant relationships.
It has been suggested by experts that in the majority of professions and contexts, that soft skills may be more important over the long term than traditional/ standard qualifications and occupational skills. We can extend this to use in the Church given that the priest must be “relational” (Pastores Dabo Vobis), and where human formation is so strongly emphasized. Advances in technology such as texting, social networking, and a hurried society with little time for sit down dinner conversation, all provide very little opportunity to develop these skills.
Examples of soft skills include:
Participate in a team
Lead a team
Maintain meaningful conversations
Defuse arguments/resolve conflict
Establish rapport with others
Learn how soft skills can enhance their effectiveness as leaders and improve their relationships with others
Fine-tune their skills in key areas
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