In the 2020 LinkedIn “Skills Companies Need Most List,” I encourage the company to begin using the term “professional skills” or preferably “leadership skills” to designate what they now refer to as “soft skills.” Let’s raise the perception and understanding of what it means to be a leader, and to develop one’s professional skills. There’s nothing soft about that.
How can leaders make time to help the next generation? Think about it from a business perspective: 86% of U.S. consumers want companies to be more socially responsible, and there’s no telling what valuable connections might come from mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
In order to grow your startup, you need to avoid the “I’m the only one who can do it” attitude. A forthcoming book from Dr. George Taylor III, APU School of Business, describes ways to avoid this mindset.