5 Skills Every Professional Woman Should Master

5 Skills Every Professional Woman Should Master

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1. Communication skills

Business is about building valuable, meaningful relationships — with clients, with colleagues, with managers and with your community.  Those relationships begin and end with effective written, verbal and nonverbal communication. According to Alison Doyle, a job search expert for The Balance Careers, 

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1. Communication skills

communication proficiency includes proper email etiquette, public speaking, advocating for yourself and your causes, business writing, facilitating meetings and events, handling office politics, listening, interviewing, networking, resume writing and small talk.

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2. Teamwork

No person — not even a sole proprietor or independent contractor — works alone all the time. Professionals frequently have to accomplish a project or goal within a group setting, which means your interpersonal skills must be up to the task.  As Doyle writes, you need the ability to “share responsibility with others, communicate 

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effectively, and achieve a common goal.” To do this, your skill set should include resolving conflict, fostering positive relationships and building and managing a team.

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3. Time Management

Professionals know their time is money and that achieving their ambitions demands an impeccable work ethic.  Your ability to manage your time and meet deadlines is important, both for the sake of personal productivity and as part of your responsibility to an organization or brand. Efficient time management not only includes punctuality, focus and 

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the ability to meet deadlines, but also an attention to detail, intrinsic motivation and a knack for taking initiative.

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4. Leadership

Unless you serve in a management role, this skill could be easy to overlook. However, as Doyle points out, leadership skills are essential, regardless of your role within an organization.  Leadership is also a lot broader than the ability to tell people what to do. To be an effective leader, your skills should include budgeting, coaching, 

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coordinating resources, making decisions, setting goals, gathering information, mentoring and planning.  The best leaders also tend to be those who possess a growth mindset, a positive attitude and a calm persona, even under pressure.

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5. Personal skills

Personal skills is a broad category, which includes the hard and soft skills that associate you with competence, integrity, resilience and emotional intelligence.  These skills also help you develop a vision and execute it with precision. For instance, your ability to handle personal finances, set goals, enforce 

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personal and professional boundaries, and regulate your self-image is important in managing your own career growth and building a professional reputation.  Another personal attribute to help you traverse a constantly evolving workflow and achieve job success is flexibility, which includes the ability to change your mind, anger management 

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skills, patience and perceptiveness.

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