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10 Soft Skills That Help Leaders Work More Effectively

In many modern startups and companies, the product and project managers take the lead. Although both professions have distinct tasks, they both require whole set of skills in order to function and connect successfully.

Soft skills are a flexible category that includes numerous areas for developing qualities and talents. The word ‘flexible’ in this context describes the fact that these skills are not just limited by any one subject area – this is a sort of self-development that is relevant to anybody. Nonetheless, soft skills constitute a ‘starter kit’ for everyone in a leadership position. Here we talk about communication, teamwork, time management, leadership, presentations, sales, personal development, self-motivation, and other talents. These are skills that allow people to discover optimal solutions to a wide variety of tasks that are not specified in job manuals. In other words, these are the abilities and skills you use most of the time in professional and daily life.

The whole paradigm of soft and hard skills is fading in digital era, and it looks like it will be replaced by a model based on three skill categories:

  • Meta-skills are those that exist within your personality (as ability to study, to realise etc.),
  • Cross-context skills are more technical and professional, yet they may be efficiently implemented in different areas.
  • Contextual skills are those that are relevant to the peculiar field.

In Octonius we value diverse personal growth and encourages daily practice of at least 10 skills, as

Ability to Listen And To Hear

This is not a natural aptitude, but rather a skill that must be developed over time. Listening and communication are intricately related. Giving the speaker regular feedback by reformulating what he has learned is not difficult. Hearing what was said enables project managers to learn more about their clients and team members while also becoming more involved.


The ability to communicate and build long-term relationships, as well as operate as part of a team and explain your case. Professionalism is demonstrated by the ability to communicate complex ideas in simple words. Every contact requires communication. This skill has an impact not only on the team but also on clients and stakeholders.


Any high-performing team, just as every crew has its own pilot and every army has its own commander, should have its own leader. Being a leader includes more than simply creating a great environment and inspiring people; it also entails dealing with day-to-day obstacles.

Project managers must be capable of effective leadership. This means they must be able to lead and manage teams, create a vision, motivate and serve staff, and teach and inspire all team members. A lot on their shoulders!

Effective project managers provide strategic and operational backup; they explain the aim, assess performance, and ensure that all team members have the necessary tools, money, and other resources to succeed.


All types of information are now freely available. Working with information entails skillfully navigating a big flow of information, selecting it qualitatively, evaluating it, and drawing conclusions.


The ability to think beyond the box. This is critical in today’s society, not only for creative people, but also for experts in other fields. We are all faced with unusual jobs that need an unconventional attitude at work.

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Stress Resistance

Because rapid adaptation is typically accompanied by stress, a person’s ability to deal with it while remaining efficient is highly valued. Even the best specialist will be unable to complete the task for a lengthy amount of time if sinking in stress situation.


Project managers must always listen to both sides and make fair judgements, therefore negotiation skills are very essential.  Achieving an acceptable compromise is a critical talent of every successful negotiator. Regardless of the conflict of interests, deadlines must be met.

Risk Management

Project managers are not magicians; every project can go over budget. It might be difficult to foresee and minimise hazards before they become a problem. Every effort counts to stay on top of the project by limiting risks and proactively decreasing them to the maximum extent possible. Work experience and the capacity to grasp the big picture are extensions of risk management abilities.

Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence is a talent that refers to our social abilities, social awareness, and ability to control our emotions. Emotional Intelligence is typically demonstrated in real-life interactions with coworkers, clients, and managers, as well as a sense of tact and timeliness of responding. The important thing to remember here is that you manage your emotions, not they control you.

Service Orientation

This is the ability to anticipate consumer wants in order to meet them to the fullest extent feasible with the product or service.

Soft skills can and should be improved through lifetime. In fact, any soft skill leveling includes acquiring a certain talent. It is vital to first learn and then reinforce knowledge. Create a skill development strategy that focuses on skill development and regular practice it. In the context of Emotional Intelligence, this might include the ability to notice own sentiments, the ability to use self-regulation tools, and so on.

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