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List Of Soft Skills And Related Terms


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Soft Skills Clusters

This is a BETA version. The list is a work in progress. Some definitions, behavioral indicators, and commentary on the specific soft skills cluster pages are incomplete, but I decided to post the list anyway hoping that it will be helpful to you all the same. I typically add a definition and commentary each day.

In order to facilitate training, practice, and application across various areas of life—not just career development—I divide soft skills into 5 main clusters:

Communication Skills

Decision Making & Problem Solving Skills

Teamwork & Collaboration Skills

Self-Management & Professionalism Skills

Leadership, Influence, & Persuasion Skills

NOTE: Many soft skills fit into multiple clusters. For example, conflict management is part of teamwork, leadership, problem solving, and communication. If you find yourself thinking, “This skill could be or should be part of a different cluster,” you are probably right.


 

Definition of Soft Skills

Soft skills are personal abilities that improve human performance and facilitate effective interactions amongst people. (Duncan, 2013)

  1. Soft skills are also known as: character skills, character strengths, interpersonal skills, noncognitive skills, people skills, performance values.
  2. Introductory video series on soft skills: What Are Soft Skills and How Can They Give You A Competitive Advantage?
  3. To suggest edits or additions please let me know on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.
  4. Sources for this list are either cited (linked to) throughout or listed at the bottom of this page. 


communication skills

Detailed definitions, behavioral indicators, and tips on the Communication Skills cluster page.

 

Active Listening

Communication

— Verbal (Oral) Communication
— Nonverbal Communication
— Written Communication 

Negotiation 

Public Speaking

Rapport

Storytelling



decision making & Problem Solving Skills

Detailed definitions, behavioral indicators, and tips on Decision Making & Problem Solving Skills cluster page. 

 

Creativity

Critical Thinking

Decision Making

Innovation

Problem Solving

Resourcefulness



teamwork & collaboration skills

Detailed definitions, behavioral indicators, and tips on the Teamwork & Collaboration Skills cluster page.

 

Collaboration

Cooperation

Dependability

Diversity 

Teamwork

Team Oriented

Team Player



self-management & professionalism skills

Detailed definitions, behavioral indicators, and tips on the Self-Management & Professionalism Skills cluster page.

 

Adaptability

Attitude

Character

Character Strengths

Compassion

Concentration

Conscientiousness

Curiosity

Creativity

Diligence

Emotional Intelligence (EI, EQ)

Empathy

Enthusiasm

Flexibility

Focus

Grit

Growth Mindset/Fixed Mindset

Initiative

Integrity

Optimism

Organizational skills

Perseverance

Persistence

Personal Responsibility

Resilience

Self-Control

Self-Discipline

Self-Regulation

Time Management  

Work ethic



leadership, influence, & persuasion skills

Detailed definitions, behavioral indicators, and tips on the Leadership, Influence, & Persuasion Skills cluster page.

 

Conflict Management

Conflict Resolution

Delegation (Sharing Leadership & Authority)

Influence

Leadership

Leadership Agility

Persuasion  

Selling

Talent Management

Team Building


 

miscellaneous terms related to soft skills

Detailed definitions and tips on the Related Terms page.

 

Action step

Active Learning

Behavioral Indicators

Character Education (Character Development)

Coaching

Competitive Advantage

Customer Service

Deliberate Practice

Determination

Ethics

Executive Functions

Fail-Forward

Global Competence

Goal setting

Interpersonal

Intrapersonal

Mentoring

Motivation

Networking 

Noncognitive skills

People skills

Performance values

Personal Branding

Personal Development 

Personal Effectiveness

Personality

Philosophy

Professional Development 

Pro-Social Behavior

Positive Youth Development (PYD)

Self-Efficacy

Self-Improvement

Self-Reflection

Social Responsibility

Social Emotional Learning

Volition

Willpower

Youth Development



Sources:

  1. Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory: An Introduction
  2. Comparative Analysis of Soft Skills (Michigan State University)
  3. Critical Thinking Community
  4. Curious About Curiosity
  5. Emotional Intelligence Consortium
  6. Emotional Intelligence Glossary of Terms
  7. FindYouthInfo.gov
  8. Heckman Equation
  9. How Children Succeed: Q & A with Paul Tough
  10. Leading In The Heat Of Conflict
  11. MDRC
  12. Mentor
  13. Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  14. The Resilience Research Centre
  15. The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance
  16. Three Kinds of Empathy
  17. University Of Michigan Center For Research On Learning And Teaching
  18. VIA® Institute On Character
  19. Wikipedia

 


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