There is a business saying: “You hire talent for their hard skills, but you end up firing them for their lack of soft skills.” Soft skills, such as being authentic and empathetic, are becoming more relevant in developing highly effective leaders. And, leaders across the Denver area agree: soft skills matter.
A recent survey of 100 leaders spanning commercial, nonprofit, and government revealed what leaders really value in terms of leadership characteristics. Leaders ranked integrity and authenticity as the highest desired characteristics. Having vision, being responsible, and having drive were also highly valued characteristics. Charisma, service, intelligence, and competence were rated as lower priorities, further emphasizing the point that the value of technical competence (a hard skill) wasn’t as important as the other characteristics.