For many years we have been struggling with the definition – and correct appreciation – of soft skills.

Basic Competencies are a useful replacement.

Many employers find “soft skills” too vague: when it comes to actually evaluating and choosing a new employee they prefer a material selection process; something to which they can point with certainty, rather than “a hunch”.

Basic Competency lists will make those skills and attributes concrete by setting them into your work environment.

To build the competency list, I use four different Basic Competency categories:

  1. Intellectual
  2. Motivational
  3. Emotional
  4. Social

See the Infographic below for an explanation and examples of each category.