Last week, we asked our digital community a very interesting question, “what is the most important soft skill an entrepreneur must have to be successful?” As promised, these are the answers we compiled:
I would definitely say empathy. Without it, a leader cannot truly motivate and an entrepreneur cannot recruit talent to join his/her ranks. Only through empathy can one build a true “Navy SEAL team” and crush the company goals. ⎯ Arturo de la Peña
There are so many to choose from, but after this year, I would say “adaptability.” The world moves quickly, and a good leader and entrepreneur must move with it and keep looking forward. They should also be adaptable to different working environments and individualize their communication and approach to maximize their employees’ potential. ⎯ Rebeca Weilbacher
Communication! I think the most successful leaders have strong communication skills. They speak eloquently, thoughtfully, and with confidence but they’re also able to listen actively and balance both in order to allow for a great exchange of ideas. ⎯ Erika Pichardo-Ley
“Communication,” I believe. When others understand you, they are more likely to catch your vision. ⎯ Huma Imran
It’s hard to pick only one, but I’ll go with “Accountability”. ⎯ Adrián J. Romero
Empathy! ⎯ Lia Capaldini-Keseley
Humility. ⎯ Ansgar Cheng
Kindness. ⎯ Ira Giri
Good communication. ⎯ Nick Chan
Thank you so much for all your thoughtful responses. In my humble opinion, people skills, interpersonal skills, or however you want to call them, are must-haves in this day and age. To grow a company, we need to ensemble and grow a dream team first. With solid people skills, we can manage and scale a world-class team and then achieve any goal.
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