Skills for success, how to interact with others

What are the key skills for success?

It is fairly well understood that success in any arena involves working progressively towards an ideal. In order to achieve this definition of success, certain skills if acquired and utilized effectively add to the chances of successfully establishing one’s progress towards the intended objective.

These are skills which enhance your chances of success at work rest and play. They include but are not limited to effective communication and interpersonal skills, decision making, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, development of self awareness, empathy, assertiveness and self control in the face of challenges and temptations.

Why develop key skills for success?

Positive development of these skills, can make a critical difference in business and social life, as they fundamentally affect how we are perceived by others, as well as how we see ourselves. Essentially, the way we are seen by others and the way we see ourselves underpins our actions and influences our ability to achieve our goals.

For this reason, skills such as communication and interpersonal skills, which refer to your ability to communicate information accurately, clearly, and as intended in order to successfully interact with other people, are absolutely vital skills for those wishing to achieve successful relations with others at work and in social environments.

So also, are decision making, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, because along the way everyone encounters conflict, difference of opinion, and problems which need to be solved. With good decision making, critical thinking and problem solving skills, such challenges can be managed effectively and eliminated on your path to success.

Finally, development of self awareness will shape and ensure that you know when to express empathy, utilize assertiveness and self control to effectively manage your emotions, thoughts, and behaviour in the face of challenges and temptations and will lead you to the achievement of your goals.


Extract taken from the article ‘A few words on success’ by Jon Blacklake