Working in management has taught me a lot about the qualities necessary to make it in the American workplace today. Professional climate has definitely changed since the onset of The Great Recession that began around 2008, and career longevity is no longer about securing a job at a company one can stay at for 30 years.
Job candidates have had to become much more agile in order to remain competitive in the job pool, and to sustain an ever-turbulent, constantly changing job market. In order to remain employable and strategic in today’s market, there are a number of hard and soft skills job hopefuls need to have.
Something else I feel candidates should have is a strong grasp on leadership qualities. Even if you aren’t a manager at work, you can still be a leader. Even if your supervisor sucks, you can (and should) still be a leader. If you are considering entrepreneurship, you will need to know how to be a leader.
If you are a parent, you have to be a leader as well. Our children learn from us by watching the examples we show them. It is through being a parent that I have come to see the true value of leadership qualities as I’ve observed many of the same leadership traits exhibited in my own children as they seek to get along and have fun together under the same roof.