10 Important Job Skills You Should Pay MORE Attention To

Posted by Kristin Arnold on December 3, 2019

Who doesn’t like a list?  Tells you what’s most important…to buy, to fix, to focus on.

So I was particularly interested in this Forbes article by futurist Bernard Marr on “The 10+ Most Important Job Skills Every Company Will Be Looking For In 2020”.

Here’s the list:


  1. Data Literacy
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Tech Savviness
  4. Adaptability and Flexibility
  5. Creativity
  6. Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  7. Cultural Intelligence and Diversity
  8. Leadership Skills
  9. Judgment and Complex Decision-Making
  10. Collaboration
    Bonus: Self-Management and Curiosity

I think this is a fabulous list (disclosure: I teach critical thinking, leadership, complex decision-making and collaboration – so this is right up my alley!).  Notice, the bulk of these job skills are more centered around the individuals’ cognitive ability than technical ability (data literacy and tech-savvy are more technical).

As organizations conduct their annual HR/Talent Management plan, they should map these skills to their leaders, managers and high potentials in addition to their current and future job requirements.  After all, if they are the most important job skills, maybe we should be paying more attention to them?


KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CPF, CSP is a high-stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator.  She’s been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 20 years.  She is the author of the award-winning book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve and Inspire Audiences to Action.

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