importance of soft skills in life science industries

Constraint is Talent

 

Much has been written about the importance of soft skills in life science industries, yet not many studies focus on which specific soft skills have the biggest impact on success because life science’s biggest constraint is TALENT.

 

For companies to flourish, expanding and developing the available pool of talent becomes a critical success factor. Beyond the scientific and technical expertise that enables industry entrance, soft skills are crucial to develop for professional and organizational growth?

Soft skills are about personal effectiveness, social interactions and leadership. Soft skills encompass many subjects including listening skills, motivation, creativity, time management, problem-solving, flexibility, emotional intelligence, positive thinking, resilience and others.

Those are your personal attributes and communication abilities required for success in any career independently of your status and degrees. It may be hard to quantify or measure them but working hard to improve your soft skills will make them very visible to others”.2

 

In a recent research paper for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd), Karla Talanian, Luke Haubenstock, and Jennifer Lawrence attempted to remove some of the mystery surrounding these skills, by mapping nontechnical job behaviors most essential to the life sciences industry.3

The authors repurposed the word “soft” to define the four axes of this behavior map as “S.O.F.T.,” for Self — Others — Feeling — Thinking.

They concluded that life science enterprises urgently need to accelerate the development of S.O.F.T. skills in order to decrease the talent gap that threatens the industry’s success in providing innovative therapies for patients in need.

People with good soft skills tend to have strong situational awareness and emotional intelligence to navigate difficult working environments while still producing positive results.

This is especially important for leadership positions because good leadership is more about managing people and directing their efforts toward the desired outcome rather than bringing any specific technical skills to bear.

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