Leadership and Soft Skills for Students: Empowered to Succeed in High School, College, and Beyond by Cary J. GreenRecent college graduates are more innovative, creative, and dynamic than ever - yet many havent had the time to develop the set of soft, fluid skills required for success over the long haul. Dr. Green has compiled everything they need to know into one excellent resource!
--Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 Best Seller Triggers.
In todays competitive landscape, brains alone wont get you very far. Truly successful students and young professionals exhibit certain skills that make them really stand out from the crowd. They communicate well, dress and act professionally, solve problems, and seem to be natural leaders. If youre wondering how you can acquire these important leadership and soft skills, this book is for you.
Author Cary J. Green, PhD, draws upon years of teaching and mentoring students to show you how to thrive in your education and in your career by applying the three Rs: Readiness, Relationships, and Results. Readiness teaches you self-awareness. Relationships teaches you to communicate effectively and connect with others in your personal and professional life. Results teaches you to be future-oriented and to set and achieve your goals.
Whether youre in high school, college, or graduate school, or are beginning your career, the advice and practical exercises contained in this book will empower you to succeed in whatever you set out to do.
CARY J. GREEN, PhD, has been an educator and mentor to young people for more than twenty years. Now a full-time author, speaker, and life-skills coach, Green has taught undergraduate and graduate students at three different universities. Although he has enjoyed success as a researcher, teacher, and leader in higher education, his true professional passion is mentoring young people on the development of leadership and so_ skills that empower them to succeed. For more information on personalized academic and lifeskills coaching, visit his website at www.Leadershipandsoftskills.com.
While hard skills like knowledge of mathematical formulas and scientific concepts will always have their own importance in minds of teachers and employers, there has been an increasing shift towards soft skills as well, lately. It's not uncommon to hear the phrase, 'you need to work on your soft skills'. This term 'soft skills' has been appearing on a constant basis in the educational scenario in the recent years. But what are these soft skills and why is it so important for college students to hone them. In a broad sense, soft skills can be termed as a person's ability to adapt to changing circumstances and his willingness to learn through experience. These skills come in quite handy across multiple domains and have been sought after quite a lot in the recent time by the employers. Although, a strong background in traditional or hard skills are essential to get a job, honing your soft skills increases your chance of getting hired in organizations by manifolds.
Soft skills receive more notoriety from employers than any other job training area. Employers still look at your college degree or technical skills. But more of them want to know how you function around people. But how you present yourself to your employer and others will make a huge difference. Some of these overlap, but all have a distinct purpose. Ignore at your own risk.
Even though the world is constantly moving at a pace faster than light, there are fundamental skills that will never go out of fashion when it comes to thriving as a person. As few years ago I wrote an article for Forbes on the two traits that employers want from college graduates. Those traits haven't changed, but to be successful, you need a bit more. Contrary to popular opinion, the best timer managers were not born with planners, calendars and alarm clocks in their hands. We all agree that there are certain personality types who are more prone to be organized when it comes to time but by and large, time management is a skill anybody can learn. It is mindfully scheduling classes, activities and appointments on your calendar so that you achieve your academic goals while remaining relaxed enough to also enjoy the social aspects of college life. A really handy time management skill for completing tasks - especially if it is not a class but a self-driven activity like completing homework assignments - is to set a timer for 45 minutes to 1 hour and focus on working on the assignment only during that time.
1. Time Management Skills
A college education is expensive, a huge investment of time and effort, and sometimes, not the right path. In fact, one Harvard expert has reported that for every young people who start college, only 25 get degrees and good jobs. About 45 drop out, and 30 graduate but end up under- or unemployed. But if you--or your kid --are bent on earning a bachelor's degree, how can you stack the deck to make sure an attractive job waits on the other end of four or more years? Take some advice from Sarah Franklin, the GM of Trailhead , a free online learning environment created by Salesforce , who has made it her mission to help educate students at any age or expertise, on today's most sought after skills to land their dream jobs at any company. Here are her words about the top five skills she believes every student should master before graduation. Today, every company is a tech company, which means every kind of business, from beauty to banking, has a need for individuals who know how to code.
To stand out in this competitive world, a student is required to hone many skills and abilities which is not a one-day job. A student needs to carve out these skills by practising every day and this takes a long time. These skills will be helpful not just in schools and colleges, but also in building a lucrative professional career. These are skills that can be used to convey ideas and messages in an effective manner. These skills can also be used to handle serious situations while taking care of overall scenario. The soft skills are very important in today's world where management and human resources are given prime focus. Soft Skills help to grow a powerful personality.