Being great with people, friendly, empathetic, funny and caring, isn’t just a great way to make friends. Within your career if you can show fantastic people skills it could be a sign that you are capable of having a long and successful career in your vocation.
To progress through the ranks in any company and career it is imperative that you stand out from the crowd. Not only in job interviews to gain a new job role, but also internally for promotions, in your day-to-day attitude and approach to work and with how you interact with others. Successful companies are always looking internally for future leaders and if you have good people skills you might be singled out as a potential business leader of the future.
There are three key symptoms of a good communicator, those with the people skills to make a difference. Firstly it will help you stand out as we have just mentioned. If you have the ability to look someone straight in the eye and make a good first impression you will be in a good place to progress in your career (if you can back those people skills up with results in the workplace of course).
Secondly, someone with good people skills in the office will have the ability to communicate with their team effectively and see real progress as a result. A good communicator will understand exactly what their job role is and see an improvement in his or her own results. When they can also explain to colleagues when required, or be a shoulder to lean on for support the whole team can begin to improve collectively as each individual’s progress continues.
The third point is that those with good people skills are often inspiring, and become natural leaders in a working environment before they are bestowed with the honour of being names as a leader of the workplace. If you can gain the respect of your peers through performance and likeability, you will make a steady career progression.
There are ways in which you can help yourself to become better with your people skills. Look for training courses that offer personal communication development and communication tips. Always look for ways to improve in the workplace itself, looking to talk with your superiors one on one for tips on your own skillsets. Being willing and able to learn from your mistakes and to be proactive rather than reactive in how you learn to add another string to your working bow, will go a long way to helping you stand out from the crowd and be ripe for the picking when the next vacancy opens at managerial level.
Having good people skills is partly instinctive but it can be taught, and with practice could be the vital missing piece of the jigsaw of your career. Put in the hard work, look to inspire others and to gain respect and you could see a steady progress through the managerial ranks at your chosen career.