8 e-books that will help you enhance soft and leadership skills

Neither university degrees nor technical skills. The icing on the cake that recruiters look for is in the soft skills.

This does not mean that he does not have the academic preparation and technical training. On the contrary, between 60% and 70% of a recruiter’s decision rests on the knowledge of the business or a specific sector. But when you have multiple profiles to fill a position, the ability to communicate effectively can make all the difference.

“Our recommendation is that people continue to develop their academic side, however, today we see that the main competence in executives is adaptability. And increasingly, humility and leadership are worth much more,” says Joao Nunes, CEO of Michael Page and Page Executive, a specialized recruitment company.

One way to enhance these skills in COVID-19 times is through reading at home. In its latest annual digital book report, Spanish-language publishing digital content distributor Libranda revealed that e-book sales during the confinement weeks – March and April 2020 – rose 50%. While readers’ time on digital book subscription platforms increased 30%.

Spain is the leading Spanish-language digital book market with a 62.4% share. This is followed by Mexico with 12.7%, and the United States with 9.9%. According to the report, readers obtain copies mainly through Amazon, Apple and Google.

For Patricio Bichara, CEO of Collective Academy, a university based on edutech, psychology and entrepreneurship, development through reading is a fundamental pillar and a way to give a respite from the current situation. “Practice productive procrastination. Don’t neglect hobbies, give yourself time to hang out. You never know where you can go. Try to take one of your skills to a very high level, in the future companies are going to be looking for superstars,” says

So here are eight e-book options to help you become more assertive and employable:

1. Atomic Habits

James Clear is an entrepreneur and expert in self-improvement based on positive habits. In this book he talks about the importance of making small changes to achieve bigger changes. Make small decisions such as getting up five minutes earlier, doing two push-ups a day or making a phone call.

2. Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos

In this text, Bain & Company explores the AGILE methodology. A tool to help respond to and recover from various market crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The consulting firm assures that, due to its power to enhance the capacity of work teams and the rupture of traditional work schemes, the AGILE model will become a labor trend in the coming months.

3. Steve Jobs’ book

The story of this genius has been an inspiration. The former CEO of Apple embodies in every line the importance of adapting to change. A unique vision of harnessing obstacles to turn them into opportunities.

4. Switch

Organizational behavior specialists Chip and Dan Heath come up with this contribution to release internal conflicts. What to do when your mind tells you to quit your job, but your emotional side loves comfort and routine. This tension between mind and heart can sabotage attempts at change. But with emotional intelligence it is possible to overcome them.

5. Press refresh

In this book you will learn about the history of Microsoft. But from a perspective of evolution and adaptation to complex times. Satya Nadella, CEO of the operating systems company, and Bill Gates reveal that survival in the market for more than 30 years is because people also transform.

6. The 5:00 a.m. Club

Robin Sharma is one of the world’s leading experts on leadership and performance. In this book he writes about the habits that shape human leadership. Habits that impact people’s productivity, well-being and mental health. It unveils the routines that have made it possible to achieve great results.

7. Lean Startup

The Lean Startup method. An approach that Eric Ries presents to make companies more efficient and empathetic. Practices that help shorten development processes, measure progress and help understand what today’s consumers really want.

8. Jhon F. Kennedy, his leadership

In this book there is room for the qualities that made John F. Kennedy a natural leader. If you like history and politics, here you will find how the former president of the United States maintained his leadership and decisions when faced with different social and political movements. The key: attitude, confidence and determination.

With information from https://expansion.mx/

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