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Personal development is a lifelong process. It is a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life, and set goals to realize and maximize their potential. In this process, you assess your life goals and upskill to fulfill your potential. It allows you to be proactive and take charge of your actions. You may not always reach your objective, but you lead a more fulfilling life because your purpose is defined. Personal development contributes to both satisfaction and success in life.
You can work on your personal development by embracing certain self-improvement skills. These are traits and qualities that you already have or gain through education and training. Some common personal development skills are:
- Communication skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Adaptability skills
Good communication skills are about more than just exchanging information. It’s about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information. As well as clearly conveying a message, you need to also listen in a way that gains the full meaning of what’s being said and makes the other person feel heard and understood.
Good communication sounds like it should be instinctive. But all too often, when we try to communicate with others, something goes astray. We say one thing, the other person hears something else, and misunderstandings, frustration, and conflicts ensue.
Interpersonal skills are the behaviors and tactics a person uses to interact with others effectively. Interpersonal skills are the qualities and behaviors we exhibit while interacting with other people. Strong interpersonal skills are a key indicator of success in a working environment, as benefits include the ability to cooperate with teammates to solve difficult problems, as well as simply enhancing your popularity around the office.
Problem-solving skills help you determine the source of a problem and find an effective solution. Although problem-solving is often identified as its own separate skill, other related skills contribute to this ability. Problem-solving is a process.
Adaptability is a soft skill that means being able to rapidly learn new skills and behaviours in response to changing circumstances. Employers usually look for adaptability when hiring new staff and the skill is often included in job descriptions because of its importance for growth within a role.
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Lucubrate Magazine June 2021
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