Power skills

What are power skills?

Power skills represent the evolution of traditional soft skills, those skills inherent to human beings, which help us make better decisions, be more flexible, creative, communicate better with our environment and be able to deal with problems more effectivel.

Thanks to their ability to empower the professionals who possess them, in recent years these skills have been renamed power skills. Specifically, professionals in the HR sector have highlighted the power they have to improve performance in any job, regardless of the technical knowledge it requires; in addition to being fundamental for the personal and professional development of a person.

So, what are the most important power skills a professional should possess? Below are just some of them:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Adaptability to change
  • Time management
  • Assertiveness
  • Leadership
  • Self-motivation

From soft skills to power skills

The transition from “soft skills” to “power skills” reflects a deeper recognition of the importance of these skills in the work and personal space, and emphasizes their transformative capacity in both professional and everyday life.

The term “power” reflects the considerable impact these skills can have on productivity, teamwork effectiveness, and the ability to solve complex challenges, among others.

Importance of developing power skills for professional success

The development of power skills has gone from being an option to a necessity for professional success. These skills drive effective collaboration, informed decision-making, and building strong relationships with different stakeholders.

When companies invest in improving the power skills of their employees, they are investing in their own adaptability in an ever-evolving work environment.

How to improve and acquire power skills in the workplace?

As we’ve seen, power skills are not acquired overnight, but with perseverance and planning. These are some steps that companies can take to enhance power skills among their employees:

  1. Design customized training programs: Identify the power skills that are crucial for your industry and company. Create targeted training programs that combine online learning, workshops, and group activities to cultivate these skills effectively.
  2. Encourage mentoring: Establish mentoring programs in which experienced professionals share their knowledge and advice with those looking to develop their power skills. Direct experience in real work situations is invaluable for growth.
  3. Integrate power skills into real projects: Assign projects that require the use and development of power skills, such as effective communication in multidisciplinary teams or ethical decision-making. Practice in real situations consolidates these skills.
  4. Provide constructive feedback: This fosters a feedback culture where employees receive honest and constructive evaluations of their power skills. This will allow them to identify areas for improvement and adjust their development approach.
  5. Offers continuous learning resources: Provides access to courses, seminars and educational materials that address power skills.
  6. Encourage collaboration and teamwork: Design spaces that naturally promote the use and development of power skills such as effective communication and problem solving.
  7. Recognize and reward the development of power skills: Celebrate the achievements of your employees in strengthening their power skills. Establish incentives and recognition that motivate you to continue cultivating these key skills.

By adopting these strategies, you can create an environment that fosters the growth of power skills in your employees, improving their individual performance and contributing to the sustainable success of your company in the competitive business world.

Need help improving the power skills of your employees? Discover isEazy Skills, the most complete catalog of courses in power skills and digital skills, created with the learning-by-doing methodology and adapted to the new learning formulas.

Josefina Castelán
Josefina Castelán
Content Marketing Specialist at isEazy

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