"Recent college graduates are more innovative, creative, and dynamic than ever - yet many haven't had the time to develop the set of soft, fluid skills required for success over the long haul. Dr. Green has compiled everything they need to know into one excellent resource!"
--Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 Best Seller Triggers.
In today’s competitive landscape, brains alone won’t get you very far. Truly successful students and young professionals exhibit certain skills that make them really stand out from the crowd. They communicate well, dress and act professionally, solve problems, and seem to be natural leaders. If you’re wondering how you can acquire these important leadership and soft skills, this book is for you.
Author Cary J. Green, PhD, draws upon years of teaching and mentoring students to show you how to thrive in your education and in your career by applying the three Rs: Readiness, Relationships, and Results. Readiness teaches you self-awareness. Relationships teaches you to communicate effectively and connect with others in your personal and professional life. Results teaches you to be future-oriented and to set and achieve your goals.
Whether you’re in high school, college, or graduate school, or are beginning your career, the advice and practical exercises contained in this book will empower you to succeed in whatever you set out to do.
CARY J GREEN, PhD, has been an educator and mentor to young people for more than twenty years. Now a full-time author, speaker, and life-skills coach, Green has taught undergraduate and graduate students at three different universities. Although he has enjoyed success as a researcher, teacher, and leader in higher education, his true professional passion is mentoring young people on the development of leadership and soft skills that empower them to succeed.
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It isn't often that you run across a book that applies to literally everyone; this book happens to be one. Soft skills are something that were once considered unimportant but the most successful individuals are those who have discovered that they remain as vital to today's society as ever. For the younger generation, the question is where to start to develop these skills while the older generation sometimes fails to see how reviewing them will help them to overcome setbacks they've experienced. Cary Green answers these questions and so many more in this book in a straightforward, easy to understand manner. The exercises you encounter as you go through this make the information easy to process and apply to your life no matter what stage you find yourself in.
Personally, I've read through this book with a group of middle schoolers, high schoolers, and recently graduated students. Not only were they able to follow along and apply the information but I found it applicable to myself and several adults I know as well.
If I had to say that there is one specific group of people that need to experience the teachings of this book, I would say those with such challenges as ADHD and the autism spectrum. One of the most difficult things for many who have these challenges (or challenges similar) is the ability to navigate social settings as well as how bridge deficits in executive functioning skills. Executive functioning skills are vital as they address how to set realistic goals. This lesson is so easily taught in this book without actually being addressed as an executive functioning skill. Dr. Green merely addresses these things at the books beginning with the three R's, what they are, why they are important, how to approach them and why.
Dr. Green also examines how soft skills and leadership skills are entwined with one another. As you work on one, the other develops in a very natural way.
I've read many books that discuss aspects of these topics but none is so well put together in such an easy to understand manner as "Leadership and Soft Skills for Students." I cannot urge you to add this to your collection strongly enough.