Manage your weaknesses.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

“It is important to manage your weaknesses. Nearly everyone has areas that can be improved. It takes courage to admit shortcomings, and it takes discipline to change. Indeed, you must be committed to making necessary changes.”

Go with your strengths.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

“We each have skills, abilities, and perspectives that allow us to make unique contributions. The better you recognize your strengths and your unique ability to make a difference, the more ready you will be to leverage your opportunities.”

 

Prioritize and focus.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

“Once you set goals based on what is important to you, prioritize your time and focus your effort to achieve those goals.  You must understand that everything is not important. Spending time on things that are not important will prevent you from spending time on your priorities. Protect your time from urgent but unimportant activities, and don’t let someone else’s priorities knock you off-course.”

 

Know Where You Are Going.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

“Knowing where you are going means that you know what is important to you. If you don’t know what is important, you will waste time chasing things that are not important. You might be busy, but you won’t achieve meaningful goals.”

 

Be future-oriented and focus on results.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

“If you want to be successful, you must be future-oriented and focus on Results. Producing results is not the same as being busy. You must really understand the difference between doing something and doing something important. Many people are busy all the time but do not produce anything valuable.”

 

Relationships are very important in your personal and professional life.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

“Relationships are very important in your personal and professional life. The quality of your life often is determined by the quality of your relationships. Similarly, your success on your job often is determined by your professional relationships and by your network of colleagues. Some people mistakenly think that if they are good enough at doing their job, they don’t need to be concerned with getting along with others. This thinking is wrong.”

 

Be ready.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

“If you are not ready to take advantage of opportunities or handle occasional setbacks, you will not make much progress.”

 

You have to earn it.

Leadership and Soft Skills for Students by Cary J. Green, PhD

“If you want to be successful in the future, you have to earn it. The more you achieve, the more opportunities you will be given for further achievement. Don’t assume that success and opportunity will come your way just because they always have.”