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Social Skills, Teamwork, Leadership- 21st Century Skills for Success

21st Century Skills

Amid this globalised world, competitions are running high. And for that, every organisation demands certain key skills in the individual, which would make them outperform others.

There are a handful of skills that every individual need so that they can excel in their field. They need social skills to be able to collaborate and work in a team. Whenever they are given any task to lead, they should showcase their leadership skills efficiently.

Social skills act like a tool to enable any individual to communicate, learn, get along with other people, develop a healthy relationship, and interact in society harmoniously. These skills build essential character traits like trustworthiness, respectfulness, responsibility, and many such traits that would enable any organisation to reach the level of competence where they could flourish.

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While working in a team in any organisation, the individual needs to have social perspective skills by which they are aware of others’ reactions, and respond in an understanding manner. They need to have a service orientation where they are actively looking for ways to evolve compassionately with people and the organisation’s needs. It is often found that people with very few opportunities to socialise lack social skills. They often fear negative reactions when they start to socialise with others, which leads to anxiety issues.

Any organisation always desires individuals with the skill set of working in a team and collaborating well. Although teamwork and collaborated teamwork skills are different, they help the group of people working together to complete a shared goal. The key difference between the two skill sets is that teamwork combines members’ individual efforts to achieve a goal. In contrast, the individual working collaboratively completes the goal collectively. One of the most important things to note is that while working in a team, the work is usually overseen by the team leader. Work is usually delegated individually by the team leader to reach the team’s end goal.

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While working collaboratively, one requires good interpersonal skills so that collectively all team members can express their ideas, opinions, and knowledge. There are also high chances of work being stuck by working collaboratively. According to a study by Stanford University, by working collaboratively on any task, people are stuck at their task for 64% time longer than it could have taken while working individually at the same task.

Here comes the role of leadership skills by which the individual, group, or organisation becomes capable of leading, influencing, and guiding other individuals, teams, or an entire organisation. The team’s morale is boosted, and it excels under the right kind of leadership.

With the right leadership, collaborated teamwork can help any organisation achieve its objective more efficiently and improve individual, interpersonal skills. Hence, with the right kind of social skills, collaborated teamwork, and leadership skills, both individuals and organisations can thrive more.


Vaishnavi Gupta