713-Leading Means Connecting
Episode Title: Leading Means Connecting
In our digital world, leaders who can truly connect with people on a human level are in high demand. Let’s talk about it, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Welcome to The Perna Syndicate! Today, your professional skills are becoming just as important as your technical abilities—maybe even more so in some industries.
This is borne out by recent research in the tech sector, where employers indicated the top five soft skills they want in new hires. We’ve covered the first two, creativity and critical thinking, and today we’re looking at number three: leadership and social influence.
Clearly, this is another thing that computers can’t do. Leadership is essentially human and involves the ability to both see a vision and convince others to follow you as you pursue it. That’s probably why the researchers at the ManpowerGroup titled this skill “leadership and social influence” rather than just “leadership.”
I believe that so many soft skills tie into our ability to forge a human connection with others. Everyone wants to feel seen, heard, and valued—that’s where a genuine human connection starts. And it’s something every leader has to be able to do.
I’d argue that human connection is even more vital in the tech industry, where it may be easy to hide behind a screen. But leaders will always seek to connect with people on their journey, because they want to help others reach their own greatness. They care about the people around them, and it shows.
People with the ability to influence and lead others are in high demand—not just in tech, but in every field.
Tomorrow on The Perna Syndicate, what’s another important professional skill that can make or break your career? We’ll see you back here for that conversation next time. Take care!