We all talk about effective leadership skills. Here I discuss the imperative for human skills, a combination of intelligence we must use to be the best we can be.

Hard Skills

While M.B.A. programs teach our future leaders about hard skills like quantifiable abilities and competencies, this creates a homogenous set of experiences, making interacting with them often alien. One M.B.A. graduate and a successful corporate person told me, “I was constantly told to ‘focus on the people,’ but I was measured on numbers. Incentives and how people are assessed need to be aligned.”

Soft Skills

The soft skills are mostly left for the M.B.A. students to grapple with themselves once they are on the job. They quickly face that life is full of interpersonal and intrapersonal challenges without soft skills.

The lack of fluency in soft skills makes it hard to lead and empower others, let alone yourself. Soft and hard skills go hand in hand. Your hard skills are almost useless when your soft skills are lacking.

Hard Skills + Soft Skills = Human Skills

I consider the so-called soft skills anything but, and I would like to rename them  ‘Power skills.’ I have also referred to the integration of soft skills + hard skills as ‘Human skills.’

While hard skills focus primarily on intellectual intelligence (IQ), soft skills integrate all the dimensions of being human — intellectual intelligence (IQ), emotional intelligence (EQ), body intelligence (BQ), and spiritual intelligence (SQ) – so we can be informed and guided not only by the mind, but through our heart wisdom, body wisdom, and our connection to spirit.

The Times Are Calling For Different Kind Of Leaders

The times we live in call for more than being a bright mind and being able to analyze data. The times call for leaders with strong character, integrity, and ethics, kind and caring leaders who transcend their own needs and work for the collective.

This kind of leadership is where we tap into all of the dimensions of our intelligence. It is often talked about as leading from the inside out. It can have the most significant impact on our organizations and all our people.

Not to mention that leaders connected to all the dimensions have cultivated an inner life. This is done by, among other things, asking age-old questions such as “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” The famous purpose or WHY question.

What are you doing to cultivate all the dimensions of your intelligence? How do you foster inward leadership as much as outward?

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Charting a Thriving Future Visionary leader. Bold futurist. Conscious powerhouse. Rúna ignites possibilities for personal and business growth with her inspiring voice. A champion of evolving power dynamics, she shapes the narrative of leadership and business, crafting a regenerative future. Fueled by a deep commitment to societal change, this former CEO and serial entrepreneur co-founded several social-impact initiatives, demonstrating her passion for a better world. As the architect of meaningful change, Rúna invites forward-thinking leaders to join her on a journey toward a thriving world.