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Interpersonal Skills

Definition:  Considers and responds appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of different people in different situations.  Is tactful, compassionate and sensitive and treats others with respect.

Ideas for Developing this Competency: 

  • Mentor an employee.
  • Practice random acts of kindness.
  • Serve as a team leader or chair a study group.
  • Serve as a keyworker for CFC or a charitable organization in your community. 
  • Become an active member of a professional organization.
  • Keep a journal to record your attitudes and behavior demonstrated toward key people in your work and home life.  Identify opportunities to heal rifts.  Track your progress.
  • Ask for feedback from colleagues and supervisors for ideas on how they improve their interpersonal communication. 
  • Target areas for improvement; keep track of what you are doing to achieve your goals.
  • Interview counselors who help people improve their interpersonal skills.
  • Read magazine articles that provide tips on improving your skills.
  • Volunteer to be a hospice care giver.
  • Become an EEO counselor or an alternative dispute resolution mediator.


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