Book summary for Success Skills for High School, College, and Career

Successful students and successful employees have something in common: a well-developed skill set that goes beyond book smarts. The skills needed for success in the classroom and on the job can be honed with deliberate effort and the right resources.

Academic success skills—note-taking, reading for understanding, preparing for and taking exams, using resources such as advisors and academic coaches, participating in experiential education opportunities—enable students to perform at the level of their academic ability. Soft skills—communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, time management, ability to work on a team, strong work ethic, and professionalism—underpin academic and career success. Leadership—influencing people to achieve common goals—is the key to personal and shared success.

 Success Skills for High School, College, and Career provides step-by-step guidelines and hands-on exercises to enable students to enhance their academic performance and prepare for future career success. This book helps students construct realistic expectations for achieving success, develop self-awareness, build a future-oriented attitude, and improve their academic success skills, leadership skills, and soft skills. If you want to build skills essential for academic success and career readiness, this book is for you.

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This book is the second edition of Leadership and Soft Skills for Students: Empowered to Succeed in High School, College, and Beyond. This new edition maintains the themes that intelligence is not enough and that skills enable you to perform at the level of your ability.

Although many of the leadership and soft skills included in the original book contribute to academic success, two new chapters specifically focused on academic success skills are included in this edition. The broader title of this edition reflects the inclusion of academic success skills.

Step up to challenges

“You have to attempt tasks that are challenging or that represent new experiences…If everything you attempt to do is easy, you’re not challenging yourself, and you are not growing like you otherwise could.”

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

Focus on Results

“You must focus on results if you want to be successful.  Focusing on effort is quite easy, but the ultimate measure of success is impactful results.  Realize that effort (activity) and accomplishment (producing results) are not the same.  Similarly, busyness (doing something) is not the same thing as productivity (doing something important).”

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

Be a Lifelong Learner

“Commitment to lifelong learning is critical to your continual progress and is a key characteristic of leaders who conquer increasingly difficult challenges.”

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

Play To Your Strengths

“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. But your strengths will help you only if you use them!”

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

Know Where You Are Going

“Many people drift through life without any real direction or plan. These people may find success, but they may not.  You can increase your likelihood of achieving success by figuring out what you want in life, and then deliberately moving toward it.  The key is to be future-oriented and invest time in activities today that will benefit your future.”

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