by Dr. Regina Campbell
Interpersonal skills are essential to having a successful career. I have been in leadership for over 20 years in times past I would hire people with great technical skills to accomplish a job. However now I look for people with strong interpersonal skills as I believe I can teach the technical skills needed. Technical skills are the components and how to complete a job task but interpersonal skills are those elements of how a person interacts with others and this skill can’t be taught. Interpersonal skills is having an ability to interact with others in such a way that you are able to work together to accomplish a goal for a common cause. Interpersonal skills for the workplace is managing conflict, effective communication, problem solving, effective listening, having credibility, not blaming others , valuing and appreciating others, and being open minded. As you interact daily with your co-workers focus on strengthen your interpersonal skills. Strong interpersonal skills will advance your career.