The latest reports from top researchers are rating the soft skills demand and the need for strategic leadership development as two of the top priorities for businesses:
To summarise the research, soft skills are increasingly in demand, and developing leadership skills are a top priority for businesses.
But what about the soft skills of our leaders? Harvard Business Publishing recently shared some eye-opening data collected from senior executives on the 7 most important soft skills for leaders:
All of this data is pointing to the same thing, it’s business critical that we equip our people from entry level to leaders, with the soft skills they need to succeed. And, that we start preparing our future leaders today with the skills they need to lead businesses to a successful future.
So, what does this mean for L&D?
As learning professionals, we have big task ahead, but also a fantastic opportunity to support our people and organisations. It’s clear that businesses are starting to view L&D as a strategic partner who are a key part of a successful future. As more businesses start to give L&D a seat on the board, it’s up to us to make sure we are anticipating our organisation’s needs and are helping our learners develop the skill set they need to navigate through an uncertain future.
Stephanie Morgan FLPI, Director of Learning Solutions, Bray Leino Learning
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