Dilemma

Hard or soft skills?

If you decide you need to improve your skills, what is the area where you will focus first? One answer (best answer) would be to analyze your strong and week areas an start from there. But this is not the purpose of my dilemma. What change in your skill set would have the most dramatic impact? What is more important to have as project manager? To have excellent project management technical skills, to know perfectly all processes, tools,methods, framework and to be able to apply them flawlessly or to have outstanding soft skills, to be a leader, motivator, communicator? 
 
In my view the soft skills are the focus area. They have the biggest impact on the performance of the team and the support you get from upper management layers.

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One thought on “Hard or soft skills?

  1. Hi,

    I think it doesn’t matter whether you choose hard or soft skills – the most important thing is to remain consistent. For example, if you go with hard skills, then stick with it. If you go with soft skills, then stick with it. Don’t mix the two together and don’t confuse your team members – you’ll lose their respect and your leadership.

    That’s my opinion after years in this profession.

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