The “Interpersonal” Skill

The “Interpersonal” skill is NOT how well you make new friends or get along with people in general.

“Interpersonal – Teamwork” is the skill that enables you to demonstrate, through your interaction with others and your performance on the job, that you are a valued member of the team.

It is the kind of skill that verifies for an employer that you are actually worth the compensation that you receive.

The old saying that “Nice guys finish last . . “ is somewhat true in this case. While being “nice” is always an asset, it is not always the way to demonstrate that you are a major contributor to the success of a team effort.

Elements of the “Interpersonal – Teamwork” skill include such abilities that can be demonstrated by:

  • Listening
  • Respecting
  • Helping
  • Sharing
  • Questioning
  • Persuading
  • Actively Participating
  • Confidence
  • Consensus Building
  • Reliability

In a sense, the “Interpersonal” skill requires the application of other critical skills in a team environment.

One always needs the self-reminder, “Am I performing as a valued member of this team?” Then actually DO IT.

Here’s a tip: GET GOOD AT THE INTERPERSONAL SKILL! It will serve you well in your career as well as your life.

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