Episode 39: The Battle of Soft Skills and Hard Skills

The 90th Percentile Podcast: An Unconventional Leadership Podcast

Published: June 29, 2021


Are the individual contributors in your organization leaders? Are their “hard” skills the only type of useful skills they possess at that level? When it comes to those sitting on the lower levels of the corporate ladder, there are many controversial views of the value of
developing “soft” skills for the “worker bees.” In this episode, we dig into our data to see what value leaders assign to these hard and soft skills.

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Additional Resources

Individual Contributors Aren’t Leaders? The Impact of Ignoring Soft Skills– Article by Joe Folkman

The Extraordinary Performer– Explore Zenger Folkman’s skill-set built for individual contributors.