10 soft skills a decision maker must have
Decision makers are those responsible for the decision. Every decision-making process produces a final choice that may or may not prompt action. Decision-making is the study of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision maker. Guess that makes you a decision maker in matters relating to you and your life.
Big Role I must say.
So why do you need 10 soft skills in making decisions for yourself, after all it’s your life and no one else.
Would rather make decisions ignorantly or you will prefer to cultivate and hone the right skills that will equip you as you chart the course in life.
Stay with me as we take a look at some of the soft skills we all need to have
- Effective Communication Skills
This the ability to communicate effectively in your education, relationships and work. Communication skills are always stated as prerequisite for getting hired. People with strong communication skills can build relationship, listen well, and vary their communication to suit the circumstances. Oftentimes for decision makers, the actual information that you impart during communication is not as much of a skill as is determining how often to communicate using which medium and then consistently doing just that. You have to listen more and stay objective while you try to communicate.
- Taking initiatives/ Making Decisions
A decision maker must demonstrate initiative by coming up with an idea and putting it into action. The ability to make decision is key to motion in life .Simply put, failure to take decisions in life leaves you stagnant and no progress will be made. The actual decision doesn’t even matter; what matters is that you have made one and moved on. However, the ability to make intelligent choices is the icing on your cake.
Sometimes, situations can get quite overwhelming and challenging. The ability to drive and motivate oneself is a much needed skill. Decision makers must have the drive, ambition and stamina to go the extra mile when the chips are down .They don’t need close supervision and they are good to work with because they are generally positive about life and can be counted upon to keep going.
It is important for decision makers to follow through with what they agree to do. You should be willing to put in the extra hours to complete an assignment; people will see this commitment and follow your example. A decision maker cannot expect others to commit to their part of a deal and their tasks if he or she cannot do the same. You are in for the long haul. There is no giving up on the project.
Mishaps and last-minute changes always occur at work. As a decision maker, you will always need to be flexible, accepting whatever changes come their way. Your associates will appreciate your ability to accept changes in a stride.
- Creativityand Problem Solving Skills
Creativity and problem-solving skills are highly valued because they are hard to develop but can be summarized as the ability to find new associations between existing ideas and concepts. There are many people who believe that creative thinkers are born, not made, and there are certainly some people who find these skills much easier. According to a 2010 study by IBM*, creativity is the single most important attribute that CEOs think is important for future business success. The skill needs to be honed over a period of time by regular application to tasks and situations.
- Time Management
Many would say that this skill is more an attitude than a skill. However it can also be developed and honed, which is why I have included it as a skill. Highly valued by employers, it is also very useful for organizing a family or a team, and for making sure that the job gets done. Decision makers should not work with the ‘Nigerian time ‘mentality.
- Teamwork / Collaboration
The ability to work successfully in a group setting, including assuming the role of a team player. Decision makers recognize the fact that there are several people in the world that have different perception about a problem and are willing to team up with others to arrive at a unified solution. Someone that puts the goals of the team ahead of their personal goals. They do not fear collaborating with others as they recognize the strengths of others compliments their area of weaknesses. A unified goal is always the aim
This is the building of strong relationships or alliances with others. Networking is important in building connections across board. It may at a social, business or religious event. If someone doesn’t know something, it’s important they know who can help. Being able to network to take your dream to the next level is important for all decision makers. Successful business owners are often creative in their efforts to meet the right people.
Resilience (or resiliency) is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned. The ability of a decision maker to see difficulty as a Challenge, have compelling reasons to stay committed to a course and goals while they focus their efforts where they can have most impact rather than waste their energy on uncontrollable events. Empathy and Compassion are two attributes found with a resilient person.
There are numerous soft skills that one can cultivate, soft skills for different reasons and needs. Please note that the skills mentioned here are only a few of several soft skills required by decision makers.
These soft skills are necessary in our daily lives as we make and take decisions.
Are there any soft skills you would like to know about?