Innovation among 10 most in-demand employee 'soft skills'

Emotional intelligence, creativity and other so-called soft skills are often just as important — if not more so — than technical know-how in an employee, as leaders such as Maia Hightower, MD, CMIO of University of Utah Health, have previously shared.

Among those soft skills, the most beneficial for employers to prioritize include innovation, a growth mindset and strong communication skills, according to a new report from online learning platform Udemy. Additionally, when asked about the top soft skill priorities for training at their organizations in the next year, learning and development leaders surveyed cited innovation as the most important.

Here are the top 10 most in-demand soft skills, according to the 2020 Workplace Learning Trends Report:

1. Growth mindset

2. Creativity

3. Focus mastery

4. Innovation

5. Communication skills

6. Storytelling

7. Culture awareness

8. Critical thinking

9. Leadership

10. Emotional intelligence

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