The Positive Image you bring to a work or social project plays out to a win not just for you, but for your entire ream. People skills are every inch as important as know-how. If you have them, then you are including the team, as open to their ideas as to your own and able to sell the direction that should be taken to everyone. Your team will play hard for the win because they want to, not just because they’re getting a check in two weeks.
If you’ve had more than 3 jobs, think about the best supervisors and managers you had. Think about the ones you would not work for again. I’m betting the “real person” is your favorite, was the most effective and had a lasting impact on what you value in your job and in your community.
Jill Geisler from the Poynter institute, has a wonderful series of articles detailing “What Great Bosses Know.” Visit this page when you’re having a tough time projecting a Positive Image. Today Jill shared one of the best articles I have ever read. It’s from The Guardian and it’s about the essential need for “soft skills." I could not say it any better! You can force feed a team for short term gain, but it won’t last. Having “soft skills” as well as experience and good judgment will help you and the team win long term.
I call it having an “endearing AND enduring” impact.