Basic and critical skills needed to be a successful consultant

Devika Kapur September 2020, Webinars Leave a Comment

A certain set of abilities, if acquired by an individual, makes it more likely for them to be able to adapt and perform well given the demands that the job may bring ask of them. Mr. Neeraj Agarwal has divided the skills that a consultant should hone into two categories – Basic and Critical skills.

Basic skills are listed as more fundamental and operational abilities that would allow them to excel in the consulting field. The list consists of factors such as:

  • Good conceptual knowledge
  • Implementing skills
  • Collaboration with all job levels
  • Communicating clearly and empathetically
  • Problem solving
  • Listening skills
  • People management skills

Critical skills are more essential and future-focused requirements that effect the personality and relationships in the workspace between the consultant and the company as well as their employees. They are listed as:

  • Courage
  • Humility
  • Humour
  • Character
  • Creativity

Even though all these skills may seem fairly obvious, Mr Agarwal explains there interconnectivity and importance to a consultant as well as any other managing professional. He also includes examples of situations that highlight these traits and how it is better to learn these earlier than when its too late.

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