As technology increases, our ability to use soft skills in interactions with other people becomes even more essential. Soft skills include communication, integrity, decision-making, leadership, and conflict resolution.
While technical skills are a prerequisite to SAP jobs, employers are also looking for candidates who understand and utilize soft skills. As you look to advance your SAP career, whether in the same position, through a promotion, or with a new company, your ability to demonstrate soft skills is key.
Knowing if you have the needed soft skills for a role is often challenging since soft skills are not as easy to quantify as technical skills. However, they are becoming equally important for SAP employers, and therefore, should be something that all professionals pay attention to.
The best thing about soft skills? They can be learned! Having a growth mindset and learning orientation will allow you to naturally improve your professional soft skills. Below are the top five soft skills for a successful career in SAP.
Whether we like it or not, conflict is a natural part of being human. And while conflict is not always easy or pleasant, it should be embraced in the workplace because it means there is a diversity of perspectives represented.
Handling conflict with tact has the potential to set yourself apart in a professional setting. As you approach conflicts in both a personal and a professional environment, there are a few key things to keep in mind:
In the midst of the busy workday, it can be hard to prioritize creative thinking and problem-solving. However, having a creative mindset for problem-solving is an indispensable skill for today’s fast-paced world.
It’s important to keep in mind that there is ALWAYS more than one solution to a problem.
If you are struggling with a problem, take a step back, and encourage yourself to look at the problem in a new light. Follow the suggested tips to get started on your creative thinking:
Change is a constant in all workplaces. Technology is rapidly evolving, and new innovative levels are reached every day.
Change can be overwhelming for many people and is especially heightened in the workplace. Change is often interpreted in a negative light; for example, one may not agree with the decision and take it personally, or perhaps it will cause anxiety about the chance of someone losing their job.
Being skilled in change management is essential for a technical career. Having a systematic perspective on implementing and managing change will set you apart from other colleagues or potential candidates.
There are countless theories and approaches to change management, and you need to find the approach that works with you. Ideally, select a change management strategy that jives with your work culture and attempt to use it the next time that a major change has happened.
For example, your company may be focused on lean methodology, or it may be committed to a more authoritative work environment. Always remember to read the personality type and ‘mood’ of your work environment before outlining a plan.
When gaining skills in change management, always build on your previous experience. It’s nearly impossible to make everyone happy, but learning from your past shortcomings and working towards a respectful work environment will set you up for success in any type of change or transition.
Diversity and inclusion are essential for a healthy workplace. A truly diverse workplace means that there will be myriad different cultures and intersections of identities. You need to balance diversity while ensuring that equity and inclusion are also present. When we break down diversity and inclusion a little more, there are a few skills that standout:
Emotional intelligence boils down to our ability to relate to other people and have empathy for their situation. Practicing emotional intelligence in the workplace is vital because it means that you are self-aware of your presence and how it affects other people. Individuals who practice emotional intelligence are able to tactfully read situations and know how best to react.
Emotions run high in the workplace, especially in times of stress, so it’s important to constantly check in with ourselves and understand our own limits of emotional intelligence. These are the three pillars of emotional intelligence:
Soft skills are here to stay. Their importance has only increased in importance as the expectations of workplaces evolve.
Soft skills are often the intangible qualities that help you stand out in a competitive SAP marketplace. Not only is it important to have soft skills, but you also need to be able to articulate how you possess these skills. But remember, you always have room to grow!
Embrace soft skills as a process, and you will have a very competitive edge in your SAP career.