Soft skills executives need to succeed

When recruiting C-level talent, human resources personnel often focus on professionals with the business acumen and skills to drive organizational development and grow the bottom line. These competencies are of course essential, but other, less technical skills can be just as vital – especially in modern workplaces.

Employees place great importance on their relationships with their immediate supervisors, according to data from the Society for Human Resources Management. As a result, they expect C-level staff to have the intangible tools necessary to manage these professional connections and drive growth indirectly by empowering direct reports.

As you search for your next business leader, be sure to focus on finding someone with these salient soft skills:

"Global executive search firms staff talent with real executive experience and the soft skills required to navigate modern workplaces."

Many executives believe themselves to be world-class leaders. In reality, there are few individuals capable of energizing employees and mobilizing entire organizations in the service of a common goal. Workers are particularly interested in executives who demonstrate visionary leadership, the Harvard Business Review found. With this in mind, try to pinpoint professionals who have histories of driving organizational change and successfully executing innovative strategies. These are the kinds of people who will inspire your staff and give them direction.

Change management
In today's mercurial marketplace, companies in all industries should be prepared to go with the flow, so to speak. To achieve this enterprisewide nimbleness, C-level staff must be equipped to effectively manage change, Business Insider reported. Whether it's implementing new technology or altering preexisting workflows, executives are responsible for leading their employees through these turbulent periods. So seek out even-keeled candidates with the executive experience to execute new strategies and the social savvy to reassure and support change-weary workers.

Interested in finding C-level staff with these game-changing soft skills? Work with a retained global executive search firm like YES Partners. We have access to top-level talent with real executive experience and the soft skills required to navigate modern workplaces.

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Finding people is easy, but finding the RIGHT people is not. YES Partners helps companies FIND the right people for all company functions, across many industries.

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