Soft Skills Articles

  • Why Touchy Feely Is the Most Important Class Offered at Stanford Biz School — and What You Can Learn from It

    October 1, 2019

    Brian Lowery isn’t a fan of the term “soft skills.” “I feel like it has the connotation of not being important stuff,” Brian says. A professor of organizational behavior and a senior associate dean of academic affairs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), he finds the label too dismissive and somewhat off-target. But as the recognition of the...

  • 3 Common Myths About Soft Skills, Busted

    April 29, 2019

    A whopping 91% of talent professionals agree that soft skills are very important to the future of recruiting and HR. That’s according to LinkedIn’s Global Talent Trends 2019 report, which surveyed over 5,000 talent professionals around the world. But while there is near unanimity about the significance of soft skills, there is no consensus about how to evaluate...

  • Why Shell Pushes Hard on Soft Skills — and How It’s Assessing Them

    April 8, 2019

    Royal Dutch Shell is a global energy company that has always valued soft skills, even as the particular skills it prizes have changed. For example, Shell once considered it important for employees to be able to engineer agreement among stakeholders because decisions at the company were driven by consensus. Over time, Shell began to see that consensus didn’t...

  • Candidates' Soft Skills are Notoriously Hard to Assess, But...

    March 20, 2019

    The psychologist Nicholas Humphrey once stated that a person’s social intelligence — the soft skills they use to interact with their...

  • The Tactic This Expert Uses to Assess Soft Skills (Hint: It...

    March 4, 2019

    Eight in 10 talent professionals say soft skills (like creativity, collaboration, and adaptability) are increasingly important to...

  • The Most In-Demand Hard and Soft Skills of 2019

    January 3, 2019

    Here’s a not-so-bold prediction: there’s a decent chance you’ll be searching for someone with cloud computing skills in the near...