Many professionals assume that having extensive experience and advanced technical skills is the only thing that matters when it comes to career progression. Well, it turns out that while technical competency is crucial to your professional success, it’s highly essential that you also have great people skills or what is called “Likability”. People skills are described as your ability to monitor your thoughts and speech, empathize with others and build relationships of trust and respect in your daily interactions. While having a “likable” personality depends on the nature of your character, you can work on your people skills so you can enjoy better relationships at work. Akhtaboot is here to highlight the top people skills that will help you create satisfying and productive interactions in the workplace.

The Ability to Relate to Others

One of the top factors for success in a future job is your ability to relate to others and their viewpoints. It simply means that you’re willing to agree or to disagree with mutual respect; letting them know you understand their position. If you have this ability, you are likely to have a lot of friends and therefore we will have a wide network of communication.

The Ability to Trust Others

You can’t speed up your career if you can’t depend and put your trust in others. Without it, you can’t get projects done or get others to cooperate. Mistrust cultivates doubt, low productivity, lost sales, and high turnover. Keep in mind that it takes time to build and it also requires effort and diligence to maintain.

The Ability to Show Empathy

Having the ability to place yourself in someone else’s shoes is a key people skill. It allows us to build meaningful relationships with others, provides insights into what others may be feeling or thinking and how or why others are reacting to situations. In brief, it sharpens your “people intelligence” and it backs up our decisions.  

Expressing Genuine Interest in Others

People can sense if you’re genuinely interested in them. Showing interest in someone’s abilities, background, stories, hobbies, career, family, or anything else makes that person feel connected to you. You will give them a gift; a sense of importance, well-being and value. Make your greeting stand out, remember peoples’ names and listen with interest.

Active Listening Skills

Hearing someone talk and actively listening to them are two different things. During discussions, most people tend to phase out and start to form a response in their mind and interrupt the flow before they finish what they’re saying. The key is to actively listen, which takes more time but produces better outcomes. Allow others to vent and then take the time to form a response. It sure needs some practice, but it pays off.

A Great Sense of Humor

We all have a tendency to take ourselves way too seriously at work. But injecting some well-placed, light humor in a business situation can enhance your career and likability. It creates a cheerful atmosphere that encourages interaction and brainstorming of new ideas. In general, funny people are usually easy to approach, so the more approachable you are, especially as a leader, the more authentic and open people around you will be.