Top 10 Skills for Women in the Workplace

Top 10 Skills for Women in the Workplace

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1. Communication

It is no secret that communication skills are among the most important for anyone, anywhere. Communication is the act of transferring information, ideas, and data from one group to another.  Typically, communication involves talking, writing, listening, or reading, combined with more subtle variations, like 

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reading body language and empathy. In the workplace, these skills are a must to succeed in communications roles, but they are also necessary for building relationships with managers, colleagues, and customers across a range of industries.

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2. Leadership and management

Great leaders execute a collective vision and motivate individuals to put forth their best efforts for the benefit of the company, organization, or team. They manage conflict and make decisions on a daily basis.  Excellent managers come with all types of personalities, backgrounds, and leadership styles. Leading with influence, 

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rather than authority, is an important practical skill to learn. Globally, women hold only 24 percent of senior leadership positions. There is plenty of opportunity to improve these numbers to equalize women in the workforce and bring their unique talents to the forefront.

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3. Probability and statistics

Probability is the determination of how likely an event will occur, or how likely something is true, while statistics involves the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data to solve problems.  Both are important in careers that involve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Women have been 

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systematically limited from STEM throughout their education, due to factors like gender stereotyping, fewer role models in popular culture, and math anxiety passed on by female teachers, according to the American Association of University Women.

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4. Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is the act of creating value, usually by developing an idea into a successful business that provides a valuable service or product.  As an entrepreneur, you take financial risks in hope of generating profit. To do this, you need to know how to design, organize, and manage new enterprises through the 

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stages of launch, growth, financing, and profitability.

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5. Computer programming

Computer programming skills are in high demand as work becomes increasingly automated. Programmers write code that instructs how computers, apps, and software programs perform. It involves analyzing, generating, and implementing algorithms. Like many other STEM careers, in recent history, women have been discouraged from this 

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type of work. Women hold only 20 percent of computer science roles.  On the plus side, the field has one of the smallest pay gaps, with women earning 94 percent of what men earn. Now, more than ever, women are pursuing computer programming skills to enhance their careers.

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6. Business psychology

Business psychology, or industrial-organizational psychology, combines human psychology with practical business application to improve productivity, work environment, and organization.  Learning business psychology is beneficial in developing strong networks and relationships that can help you get jobs and build harmonious 

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teams and communities. These skills are important in nearly every facet of society, including businesses, start-ups, hospitals, non-profits, and governments.

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7. Business analysis

Business analysis is a way of identifying business needs and solutions. That might include organizational changes, strategic planning, policy development, and improvements to processes, systems, and tools. Business analysts play an integral role in making data-driven decisions based on research and strategic thinking. 

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You will need to present your findings and recommendations to management and other key stakeholders in roles that require business analysis.

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8. Data analysis

Data analysis involves gathering, cleaning, analyzing, visualizing, and presenting data to inform business decisions. As a data analyst, you leverage data to solve problems and help stakeholders navigate the best plan of action. Big data is shaping the future economy, and as such, individual human experiences. It is important that women are 

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represented. Today, approximately 15 percent of data scientists are women, so there is a huge gender gap to fill. Learning data analysis can lead to a high-demand, high-impact career.

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9. Machine learning

Machine learning is the study and creation of computer algorithms that improve through experience and data usage.  Considered part of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning comprises skills like programming and analysis that help companies like Spotify and Netflix determine your music and movie preferences over 

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time to offer personalized recommendations.

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10. Marketing

Marketing involves research, analysis, and using psychology to understand your customer to get them interested in your product, service, or brand.  Marketing can include modern methods such, as influencer marketing, social media, digital marketing, and search engine optimization, as well as traditional methods like print media advertising, billboards, 

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and television commercials. Women account for up to 85 percent of purchasing decisions nationwide, according to a study by Deloitte, which suggests companies (and their revenues) benefit from including female perspectives on their teams

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