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Do entrepreneurs focus only on technical and not soft skills?

A successful entrepreneur will seek a unique combination of soft skills and technical skills, along with knowledge and experience in a hire.

Entrepreneurship is the skill of taking an idea and implementing it into action. One has to constantly ideate and innovate, think out of the box, find solutions where there aren’t any, and push boundaries. Most entrepreneurs bring a lot of soft skills to the table through their leadership in the form of self-awareness, responsiveness, by being personable and by displaying excellent listening, oratory and problem solving skills.

In a successful business, what do entrepreneurs and high performers have in common besides relevant experience of hard skills?

The answer is transferable soft skills that give you a clear head start in a fast evolving work space. None of those can be taught in a regular college course, but they need to be cultivated and learned over a period of time, through years of real-life experiences and through trial and error. Soft skills are a unique reflection of a potential hire’s life story.

Search for the right talent:

For any business, hiring the right talent is one of the most critical decisions which can break or make the business.

Hiring managers are more often than not caught between giving priority to soft skills or technical skills of potential hires. A good entrepreneur knows how to hire (which is a soft skill in itself) to do things he/she cannot do, like crunch numbers or write copy. It is important to surround yourself with subject matter experts who have displayed exceptional calibre in the field that they are great at, and enjoy the results of the investment in talent.

Lack of soft skills:

Some hiring managers feel a lack of soft skills limit a company’s productivity. You can learn on the job when it comes to hard skills. It is easier to learn how to do SEO or compute numbers than it is to learn how to work in a team or lead a team. In their opinion, hard skills can be taught or trained over a period of time.

On the other hand, there are those recruiters who feel there is a minimum and compulsory need to develop skills, knowledge and expertise in a certain field to be able to deliver successfully in a career. Hard skills usually reflect a hire’s educational history, training and certification.

LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Report:

As per LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Report, the most in-demand soft skills are leadership, communication, collaboration and time management. Soft skills incidentally cannot be found on a resume, which makes hiring a little tricky.

Some skills, like being strong in the face of adversity, or pushing forward even when you don’t see a way, is necessary when you have tough times as an entrepreneur or your business is going through a lean patch. However, these are completely intangible-you cannot grade them on a scale. They are cultivated more than they can be taught. When you are going through the toughest phase of your life, to still give a genuine smile is the most important and the most difficult soft skill to possess.

Both the skills can be acquired;Soft skills have to be nurtured while Technical skills need to be learnt. A balance of both is required to be successful.

Communication and Team Work are the two most important soft skills. There’s place for both soft skills and hard skills to co-exist in the work place. It is up to the recruiting team to find the right mix for success. A successful entrepreneur will seek a unique combination of soft skills and technical skills, along with knowledge and experience in a hire. Ideally, every hard skill owned should be supplemented seamlessly by an equally valuable soft skill to balance out capabilities.

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