1st Edition

A Practical Guide to Soft Skills Communication, Psychology, and Ethics for Your Professional Life

By Richard Almonte Copyright 2022
    188 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This accessible text looks at the range of soft skills sought after by employers and provides a practical guide to developing and effectively demonstrating these skills.

    Soft skills -- including communication, customer service, teamwork, problem solving, and personal management -- represent a major component of any worker's professional identity. This book analyzes major soft skills, including both inward-facing soft skills (how workers manage themselves to effectively perform their work) and outward-facing skills (how workers effectively interact with others and in groups). It explores how these skills are rooted in fundamental areas of liberal arts including interpersonal communication, psychology, and ethics. It provides an active learning pedagogy, including creative exercises and case studies through which students can assess their understanding of underlying concepts and their application in real-world situations.

    The book can be used as a supplement for communication, business, and career-oriented courses, and it will be of interest to individual students and junior professionals as well as career counselors, postsecondary instructors across the curriculum, and professionals in human resources and learning and development.

    Chapter 1 Soft Skills in a Digital Age

    Part 1: The Background to Soft Skills

    Chapter 2: Ethics

    Chapter 3: Psychology

    Chapter 4: Interpersonal Communication

    Part 2: Outward-facing Soft Skills

    Chapter 5: Communication

    Chapter 6: Teamwork

    Chapter 7: Customer Service Orientation

    Part 3: Inward-facing Soft Skills

    Chapter 8: Problem Solving Orientation

    Chapter 9: Productivity and Work Ethic

    Chapter 10: Likability

    Chapter 11 Can Soft Skills Be Taught?


    Richard Almonte teaches Communication in the Centre for Business at George Brown College in Toronto.