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The Top 10 Qualities and Skills Employers Seek

The Leader in MeBy way of introduction: My children’s elementary school uses The Leader in Me curriculum from Stephen R. Covey. And as it turns out, those materials are printed where I work, at Alexander’s. I’ve seen the printed The Leader in Me materials, but just haven’t paid a whole lot of attention, until I visited my son’s classroom and saw the posters around the room.

I’ve been listening to the book, The Leader in Me – How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time, during my commute. Something this morning really struck me, mostly in light of the University of Utah Executive MBA program I completed in May.

What struck me was the Top 10 Qualities and Skills Employers Seek as presented to the principal of A.B. Combs Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina after she consulted with a group of her community’s business leaders.

Those qualities and skills are:

  1. Communication skills (verbal and written)
  2. Honesty/Integrity
  3. Teamwork skills
  4. Interpersonal skills
  5. Self-motivation/Initiative
  6. Strong work ethic
  7. Analytical skills
  8. Technology skills
  9. Organizational skills
  10. Creative minds

These qualities and skills are very aligned with the discussions and curriculum presented in my MBA program. Who wouldn’t want team members with those 10 skills?

Earlier this month my son received recognition for being proactive in his classroom. It sparked a dinnertime discussion of what being proactive means. Although he had received the award, he couldn’t really say what it meant to be proactive.

So far, I’m very impressed with The Leader in Me program. I look forward to finishing the audio book and talking about these leadership qualities and skills more regularly with my children.

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