Myths and Truths About Soft Skills

Rao, M.S.
May 2012
T+D;May2012, Vol. 66 Issue 5, p48
The learning and development (L&D) function has undergone a tremendous change in the 21st century. Gone are the days where all sectors underscore technical skills alone. Currently there is a change in the mindset of companies to highlight both hard skills and soft skills. However, there are several myths associated with soft skills in the L&D profession. For L&D staff to perform effectively in the workplace, they must know the truths about soft skills. The mere acquisition of hard skills alone is not sufficient for employees to survive in the corporate world. In fact, what is needed is the perfect blend of both hard and soft skills to excel as successful professionals. It's important to know the differentiations between the two types of skills, as well as bust the myths about soft skills. It is rightly said that people rise in organizations because of their hard skills and fall due to a dearth of soft skills. Here are 12 myths about soft skills that are running around in the minds of professionals. It is natural for these myths to exist since the concept of soft skills is still an evolving discipline. However, it is time to bust these myths with truths.


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