There are many things that could set you apart as a human in business in 2020, but having useful skills will be the most valuable asset for you (especially if you learn soft skills).
It’s no longer about what you read in school, neither is it about your certificates. It’s now about what you can produce. And this is where your skills come into play.
Here are the top 10 soft skills you could focus on and learn in 2020, especially as it relates to the Nigerian Market and Economy.
This is the ability to decide what will be and what won’t. To make a decision, one would be able to understand ‘what is’ and ‘what ought to be’. Being able to do this makes you a decision-maker.
Most tasks are carried out in groups, and this means that you should be able to work in any group you were assigned to. You will always have a reason to work with a new and different set of persons, and being able to partake in group tasks, will help you scale through.
Critical thinking and Focus Mastery
Just as decision making is important, so is the need for critical thinking and focus. As you make decisions, you will need to carry out some tasks. To do this, you need to have a strategy that will lead to the achievement of all your set goals. This is where critical thinking and focusing comes into play.
Dreams do come true when they are communicated, analyzed, restructured and acted upon. You cannot start this process without communicating your idea first. In cases of defending a project or proposal, it is your communication skill that will help you make a great presentation.
Learning attitude and Growth Mindset
Personally, it is this particular skill that helped me to develop to the extent that I’m now in. I love learning and this has made it easier for me to embark on various learning quests. With this, I have been able to set myself apart from my mates, thereby giving me more opportunities to do more.
This is the ability to organize one’s experience(s) and/or findings into one narrative such that the readers or listeners get to be well engaged as they listen or read the narrative.
Leadership and People Management
A leader is a risk-taker! A leader is always faced with many challenges, which he is expected to overcome for the success of his organization or team. But there are many things you stand to gain. First, you learn better ways of easily and quickly tackling those challenges. You get to build your connection when you do execute your various tasks and get referred by your followers. You also set a different and trust-worthy standard for yourself, such that allows people to entrust more things to you.