Our lifestyles are increasingly interconnected and the business world is no exception. To prove it, we only have to mention the emergence of AI and the improvement of machines, which have led to a decrease in the importance of hard skills, otherwise known as technical skills.
If these are still important, the automation and intelligence of the new machines have shifted the priority of recruiters and HR teams. The focus is now on soft skills.
These skills are essential because they allow individuals to work efficiently in collaboration, to adapt to changes and to manage challenges successfully.
With the rise of new technologies, trends are emerging for the new professions of tomorrow. It is therefore legitimate to ask: what skills will be favored in the future?
Discover in this article the list of the 7 essential soft skills to perform in the years to come, as well as a particular focus on the 3 soft skills that will make the difference for the managers of tomorrow.
I - The 7 transversal skills to be developed for the future :
Everyone has their own soft skills, it is important to be aware of them
- Analytical reasoning
This is the ability to break something down into its component parts and analyze them to better understand how they work and what links them together. It is a soft skill that allows you to draw conclusions from a large amount of information.
- Continuous learning
Lifelong learning is the ability of a person to be in constant learning, throughout his life and not only during his schooling.
It is personal and professional development that can take many forms, such as job shadowing, online training, evening classes, seminars, workshops, conferences and more.
Through this, employees stay continuously updated in their field and moreover, they will be able to improve themselves. They acquire many skills and are then very competitive in the job market.
- Complex problem solving
This ability allows to identify a problem and to implement an effective solution. To do this, people often centralize the information they possess to generate initiatives appropriate to the crisis situation. They can then weigh the pros and cons in order to establish a plan of action.
This is an ability that is constantly in use, and which should be transformed by the complexity of the new technologies that are being implemented.
- Critical thinking
Critical thinking is the ability to think independently and objectively in order to evaluate information and arguments in an informed manner. This skill allows you to draw conclusions based on facts rather than beliefs or opinions.
Critical thinking often involves questioning assertions and suggested arguments, and seeking evidence to support statements.
Creativity refers to the human ability to produce new and original ideas, concepts, or solutions using the imagination.
Creativity involves taking risks by thinking outside the box to explore new ideas or approaches. Some creatives may be inspired alone while others prefer collaboration.
Particularly trendy, the potential of this trend will become even more pronounced. Indeed, as change and innovation are at the heart of our society, creativity within teams is a real asset for tomorrow's companies.
Resilience allows us to endure traumas and difficult situations and to move forward with method. A resilient individual possesses great mental strength because he or she knows how to maintain a sense of emotional and mental well-being in order to meet his or her objectives.
Resilience is directly linked to motivation. The multinational Aon proved it by conducting a study according to which 86% of resilient employees declared themselves to be highly motivated.
Resilience is therefore directly correlated to improved team engagement and productivity.
- Cognitive flexibility
Directly related to adaptability, cognitive flexibility concerns the ability to change our way of thinking in certain situations. It allows individuals to adapt to a constantly changing environment and to maintain mental agility to face challenges.
- Another skill suggested by the Yuzu team: Conceptualization
This is the ability to understand complex ideas, analyze and synthesize information to imagine something abstract or concrete. It allows individuals to create new perspectives on their own.
We believe that this skill will become more important with the arrival of new generations with high levels of education and the high level of theoretical projects that will result from it.
II - The 3 soft skills of tomorrow's manager :
In addition to the 8 competencies presented above, we have focused on the soft skills to be favored by tomorrow's managers, a function that is very strongly linked to interpersonal skills...
Being a manager requires many soft skills
- Stress management:
Managing a team can quickly become stressful, which is why being this position requires good stress management. This translates into a good control of one's emotions when faced with unexpected or stressful situations. It is a skill that allows you to perform under pressure in your position while keeping your presence of mind and while controlling the priorities of the group.
Empathy is a key skill of emotional intelligence, it is the ability to empathize with others in what they think and feel. It is a sure value for a manager since it will allow him to fluidify his relations at work.
Moreover, understanding the emotions of one's team is of great importance and can have a significant impact on relationships.
- Communication skills, especially audience orientation
Management cannot be effective without communication. In this sense, audience orientation is an essential soft skill for collective intelligence since it is the ability to formulate a message to arouse the interest of the public and convince them.
With the evolution of work methods and the future arrival of new means of communication (VR, Metaverse?), audience targeting will undoubtedly play a key role in tomorrow's management.
If the paradigm shift between technical and soft skills has already taken place, our new lifestyles and emerging technologies will favor the appearance and rise of new jobs and new behavioral skills.
Many of these skills are already relevant today, and it is worthwhile to consider them now to guide your recruitment actions, choose your decision-making tools and define quality training plans.
In this sense and to help you in your performance challenges, we have also written an article on the top 10 soft skills of 2023 for your employees or candidates.