Top Skills Needed To Compete In 2016
By Robert Stitt
According to Black Enterprise, the best employees “have a good mix of hard and soft skills, and those skills are always changing because today’s business climate is in constant flux.” If you’re in the market for a new job or promotion in 2016, your in luck. A survey by ManpowerGroup addresses the changes in the global market and the skills it takes to compete. Here are the top 4:
Cultural Competency. According to the survey, “CEOs name cultural competence as one of the most critical leadership skills. With a global workforce, it is imperative that employees are able to work with those from another culture. This is why it is surprising that the managers in the same study ranked their weakest skill as “working with people from other cultures.”
According to Paula Caligiuri, a Northeastern University professor of international business and strategy, “The disconnect poses an opportunity for those who can demonstrate cultural agility in 2016.” Among the skills needed to work with cultural competence are the ability to see another’s perspective, humility, and tolerance.
- Global Mindset. In the same train of thought as cultural competency, a global mindset was also deemed essential. Today, anybody can do business anywhere in the world. They can have employees from anywhere in the world. The key is “knowing how to market, sell, and communicate in these global markets.”
- Conflict Resolution. People have different views, motivations, and ways of communicating. Managers have different styles. Nihal Parthasarathi, CEO and co-founder CourseHorse, a learning opportunity website, said, “Companies are placing an increasing emphasis on team members who can work well with others, address issues as they arise, and mitigate major conflicts.”
As important as resolving conflict is, not causing one in the first place is just as important. Knowing how to communicate in a positive, non-confrontational, and nonviolent way is critical.
- Willingness to Learn. Flexibility and openness are listed among the top traits for a reason. Karen Southall Watts, author of ‘Messenger: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Communication’, says, “Gone are the days when a professional in any field could consider their education done and over. Instead, you must be willing to learn and accept that you will always be adding new skills.”
Skills can include new software, equipment, ways of thinking, etc.
Even if you are not in the market for a new job, honing these skills cannot do anything but good for you and your company.